Monday, 22 June 2015

#PDP Defectors Split Benue #APC Over Appointments

Indications have emerged that members of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who dumped the party to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), are currently working underground to split the party over cabinet appointments.

Sources within the two parties have confided in LEADERSHIP that since the PDP defectors joined the APC, they have not proffered initiatives that would assist Governor Samuel Ortom led- administration to succeed but instead, are interested in being appointed as commissioners and special advisers.

According to one of the sources who pleaded for anonymity, “ It is quite unimaginable that since Ortom was announced by INEC as governor of the state, PDP state officials, gubernatorial aspirants, ardent members of the party, as well as groups and organizations have continued to defect to the ruling APC.”
It was further gathered that the hasty and massive defection of the PDP stalwarts into the APC fold is already generating crisis which, if not carefully handled, would possibly split the party because the founding members of the party in the state are being relegated to the background.
The likes of the state vice chairman of the party, Chief Joe Nyam and state Auditor, Mr Nyikwagh and other prominent elders of the opposition party, as well as former governorship aspirants have all decamped.
But Ortom had at the inception of the administration insisted that his administration would promote excellence above mediocrity and that appointments would strictly be made on competence, credibility and not in any way for political connection or whatsoever.

However, a chieftain of the APC who also spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity, said, “ The influx of PDP members into the APC is already generating crisis and the defectors are working seriously to split the party instead of developing it. It is discovered that they are only concerned with appointments, even at the expense of the original APC members who nursed the party at the onset.”

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