The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged all its members in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to return home and salvage the nation.
The party made the appeal in a statement by their National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday shortly after Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, announced his defection to the opposition party.
They welcomed the governor and commended him for showing patriotic courage and boldness in the period of what they described as ‘brazen dictatorship’.
“The return of the governor to PDP confirms the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari’s led-administration and the All Progressives Congress (APC) do not have the welfare of Nigerians at heart, as they have continually offer flimsy excuses over the mindless killings that have caused untold sorrows across the country, particularly, Benue State,” the opposition party claimed.
They alleged further, “PDP recalls that the Buhari-led Federal Government has failed in its basic responsibility of protecting life, property, territorial integrity of our nation.
“The party also recalls how the APC-led Buhari administration, would rather plead for the accommodation of persons who have been repeatedly fingered as being responsible for heinous killings in the Benue valley rather than take decisive and concrete actions to preserve lives of Nigerians.”
The PDP, however, hailed Governor Ortom for standing firm by the people of Benue and assured him of his dues and rights as a member of the party.
They noted that the return of the governor to the PDP was a reflection of his people’s desires which they said confirmed the purported rejection of the APC government by Nigerians.
According to them, it also buttressed the fact that PDP has remained the viable platform for Nigerians that were desirous of rescuing the nation.
“I have formally resigned from the All Progressives Congress (APC),” Governor Ortom had declared earlier when he met with elected local government chairmen and councillors at the Government House in Makurdi, the state capital.
He added, “Let me formally announce to you that I’m now going to join the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)”.
Governor Ortom explained that he had to look for another party as his stay at the APC had expired, following a series of consultations.