A former deputy governor of the state, Elder Simon Achuba, ex-Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Umar Ahmed Alfa Imam and former Chairman of Okene Local Government and former Chairman of the APC, Kogi State chapter, Hon. Yahaya Karaku has all dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) alongside their supporters for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The decamping ceremony was officially done on Saturday during the presidential rally of PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the Confluence Stadium, Lokoja, Kogi state capital.
While former deputy governor Achuba is a strong political force from Kogi East, ex-speaker Imam pulls a sizeable crowd of the electorates in Lokoja/Koton’karfe of Kogi West and former APC Chair Karaku is one of the most influential and powerful grassroots mobilizer in Kogi central.
The national chairman of the PDP, Iyorchia Ayu, who received the defectors, urged the party members to receive them back into the party without discrimination for a resounding victory at the polls.
The former Deputy Governor, who spoke on behalf of the defectors, said they decided to come back to the party because the APC failed to fulfil its promises in the state since 2016 to date.
In a remark, former Governor of Kogi, Alhaji Ibrahim Idris described the hardship facing Kogi people under the APC administration as unprecedented in the annals of the state and assured that the PDP would win overwhelmingly in the coming general elections.
Another ex-Governor of the state, Captain Idris Wada said “Nigeria is a delicate and dangerous country. We need to elect competent, resourceful and intellectual person to make things work and carry us out of the present trouble the nation found itself. That person is the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who has seen it all.”