About two thousand members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Degema Local Government Area of Rivers State have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state.
In his welcome speech to the defectors on Monday at Tombia, Degema LGA, during an empowerment programme, a chieftain of the APC in Rivers, Dr. Sokonte Davies, who is a former member of the House of Representatives, representing Degema/Bonny constituency, described APC as the only party that was capable of meeting the aspirations of Nigerians.
Davies further stressed that the APC was a party every member should be proud of, in view of its commitment to the people and abhorrence to violence.
The chieftain, who is also the Executive Director, Marine and Operations of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), admonished APC members to remain committed to the party and he assured other politicians wishing to defect to the party of a level-playing field.
Also speaking, the Chairman of APC in Degema LGA, Kesibo Gogo-Abite, said that the defectors took the right decision of joining the focused party.
He said APC had a transformatory mission to reposition Nigeria for accelerated development.
Gogo-Abite urged the defectors to remain steadfast and work tirelessly for the progress of the party in their various communities, the LGA and Rivers state, stressing that the defection marked a new chapter in the political history of the area.
Two of the defectors, Rev. Obubeleye Waribo and Madam Trust Davies, in their separate speeches, stated that their decision to quit the PDP was informed by the leadership style of the APC leaders at all levels, which they described as people oriented.