- Mark Gbillah, a member of the House of Representatives, led the defectors from the APC to the PDP
- Gbilah said the decision to defect was taken after wide consultations with the people of his area
- The lawmaker accused the federal government of doing very little while Benue people were being killed
Mark Gbillah, a member of the House of Representatives representing Gwer West/East in Benue, and over 8,000 members of All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state have reportedly joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Vanguard reports that Gbillah led the mass defection in Naka, headquarters of Gwer West local government area on Tuesday, August 28.
The lawmaker was reported to have been accompanied by the council chairman, councillors, political appointees from the area including the special adviser to the governor on local government and chieftaincy affairs.
The report mentioned others who joined the defection as the House of Assembly member for Gwer West, the senior special assistant to the governor on community relations and the general manager of the Benue state environmental sanitation agency.
Gbilah, who addressed the gathering, said they left APC after consulting widely with major stakeholders in the constituency.
“This is the axis that herdsmen ravaged the most in our state apart from Makurdi, Guma and Logo local government areas.
“Our people were killed and chased away from their communities and ancestral homes and the federal government feigned ignorance, despite the cries of every one of us, including Governor Samuel Ortom.
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“So over 8,000 of us are leaving the party and more will be leaving in the coming days as the train moves to other areas of my constituency and Gwer East,” he said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday, July 16, disclosed that he has been sent out of his present political party, All Progressives Congress (APC), and is currently exploring a new option to actualise his future ambition.
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