All Progressives Congress says chieftains of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party have been defecting to the ruling party because of its current financial problems, which has resulted in its inability to pay its bills.
APC also said progressive members of the PDP had also join the bandwagon of defection to the ruling party because the main opposition party had remained enmeshed in leadership crisis.
The ruling party stated this in a statement titled: “Why Progressive PDP Members are Trooping to APC,” signed by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja, on Thursday.
According to the statement, “It is not surprising that progressive-minded members of the Peoples Democratic Party have been defecting enmasse from the opposition party to the All Progressives Congress in recent times.
“For a party unable to run its Secretariat, pay staff salaries and its leadership grappling with a crisis of confidence, it will be unfair to expect its progressive-minded members to remain in the PDP which has failed woefully as the supposed ‘main’ opposition party in Nigeria.
“It is disheartening that the PDP is pushing Nigeria into a largely one-party state. As a party that believes in democracy and progressive politics, the APC does not subscribe to this.
“We therefore challenge other opposition political parties to take the place of the PDP because even as the governing party, we recognise the importance of rigorous and intelligent interrogation of our policies and programmes by the opposition which the PDP has woefully failed to do.“
Nabena further said, “Recall that APC recently welcomed the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Nweze Umahi and Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Elisha Abbo.
“This is in addition to earlier return of many prominent Party members and leaders, including, former PDP national chairman, Senator Barnabas Gemade; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara, Dr. Alex Otti, among others.
“As a party, the APC welcomes new and returning entrants who have come to work with the President Muhammadu Buhari APC-led administration to improve the lives of Nigerians and overall better our dear country.
“The party ranks greatly appreciate the important work the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee under the Chairmanship of Governor Mai Mala Buni, is doing to reposition the party by accommodating all interests and ensuring peace, unity, fairness, equity, justice and inclusion and internal democracy in our great party.”
According to the statement, the Governor Buni-led CECPC is working assiduously and has achieved great success in ensuring that the Party is repositioned, united, and conducts the planned membership registration, update and revalidation exercise to produce a clean, credible and authentic national membership register ahead of the planned National Convention.”