In less than three months to the forthcoming governorship election in Kogi State, no less than 1,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party in the state, have been allegedly decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress.
A report from the office of the Commissioner of the state, Hon. Kingsley Fanwo, revealed on Thursday, August 31, 2023, that the gale of defection within the party structure in the State PDP Chapter, continues as over 1,000 of its members from Ukwo and Odaki wards in Koton Karfe town, had defected to the ruling party.
Reports further revealed that the storm of defection that hit the party, also swept the top leaders, as the PDP LG Assistant Secretary, Former Gegu North ward chairman, the immediate past Councilor from Gegu North and the PDP leader in zone C, Alhaji Idris Ibrahim Tanahu joined the APC because of what was described as the “sterling leadership qualities of the APC governorship candidate, Alh. Ahmed Ododo” as well as the excellent achievements of Governor Yahaya Bello, in the Local Government Area, and the state as a whole.
While reacting to the development, Alh Tanahu claimed that those who are still in the PDP are the people whose traits are similar to that of the governorship candidate in the state, noting that they lack the leadership qualities to control people.
“I pity those still associating themselves with the characters fielded by the opposition. They’ve no followers because many of them don’t possess the qualities of leadership that we have seen in Alh. Yahaya Bello and Alh. Usman Ododod. We have decided to join the team of people with integrity and good character,” he claimed.
However, the defectors have continued to applaud the Hon Commissioner for Solid Minerals, Engr Bashir Gegu for touching the lives of the people positively and attracting meaningful developments to the area.
One of the defectors, Ibrahim Mohammed, while speaking, claimed that it would amount to ingratitude for the people of Kogi LGA, not to vote for the APC massively, noting that the APC-led administration, had cited landmark and life-touching projects in the LGA, such as electricity and a state of the art hospital.