- Samuel Nwanosike, spokesperson of People's Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state says more than 3,400 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have defected to PDP
- Nwanosike claims that PDP will win all the 23 local government areas in the state come 2019
- He notes that Governor Wike's administration has brought hope, peace and development to the people of Rivers state
In view of the 2019 general elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers state has said it is expecting a massive win in the general elections.
The party said its basis for making such a declaration is pinned on the impressive rate at which Governor Nyesom Wike is executing commissioned projects throughout the 23 local governments in the state, Punch reports.
Samuel Nwanosike, the party's publicity secretary in the state, made these remarks in the Ikwerre local government area at an empowerment programme for women. At the event, more than 3,000 members of the opposition, All Progressives Congress (APC) in the area defected to the ruling party.
Nwanosike said: “Over 3,400 APC members from the 13 wards in the Ikwerre LGA, including non-indigenes, have defected to the PDP. The defectors left the APC because of failed promises, neglect and hardship inflicted on them by the APC-led administration in the country.
“The PDP will enjoy landslide victory in 2019; the PDP will win in all the wards and all the 23 local government areas in Rivers State, including the home of any candidate the APC will present. The people-oriented projects executed by the governor in all the local government areas are there for the people to see.
Nwanosike, while receiving the defectors, assured them of equality of treatment, commending them for leaving the opposition party in Rivers.
Nwanosike stated: “The leadership of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State has brought about hope for the poor people, development and peace. The PDP will not renege in ensuring that Rivers people enjoy meaningful projects and empowerment.
“This is because, when you rule a people for as much as two years without bringing a definite change to their lives, but telling them stories every day, a day will come when God will liberate them and that day is now.”
Also, Robinson Solomon, one of the defectors, explained that they decided to decamp from APC because there was a lot of unfulfilled promises in the party.
Solomon said: “We have seen the numerous development projects and good leadership of our governor, Chief Nyesom Wike, in the state. My team from the APC in the Ikwerre Local Government Area decided to return to the PDP.
“I am calling on the remaining members of the APC in my area to join the PDP because the APC has really failed us.”
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers state, while meeting with the former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, on Wednesday, January 24, claimed that the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) is biased in its fight against corruption.
Wike, who made the statement at an event in Port Harcourt where Lamido was stating his intent to run for the presidency seat in 2019, said that APC thrives on the politics of mischief wherein it engages in high level intimidation, corruption and dirty political schemes to compel defection of PDP members to her fold.
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