Thousands of supporters of the Senate Leader, Victor Ndoma-Egba (SAN), from the six local government areas of the Central senatorial district of Cross River State have decamped from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The decampees who were led by the Director-General of the Victor Ndoma-Egba Campaign Organisation, Ernest Irek, included former local council chairmen, former members of the state House of Assembly, former Councillors and thousands of other PDP members.
The decampees stormed the secretariat of the party in a convoy of buses and cars before they were received into the APC by its chairman, Pastor Usani Usani.
Addressing leaders and members of the APC at its state secretariat located at the Okoi Arikpo Estate in Calabar, Irek said they opted to join the APC to add value to the party.
Irek said they were not joining the APC to create friction, but to provide the necessary strong opposition to the PDP government in the state.
Irek, who was flanked by the immediate past chairman of Obubra Local Government Area, Pastor Chris Obase and other top politicians from the district, said in Cross River State where the PDP has the governor, controls the House of Assembly, has all the local council chairmen and councillors, they have decided to join the APC to provide formidable opposition.
“We have forgotten about the party called PDP,” Irek said.
He said many of them have been marginalised so much in the PDP to the extent that they were made to appear as if they were no longer part of the state.
Receiving the decampees, the Chairman of the APC in the state, Pastor Usani, said they were welcome to the party.
Usani urged them to go to their wards and register and move to the field to build stronger party.
He said the party believes strongly in internal democracy and urged the new party members to always do the right thing without fear or favour.
Aside from presenting the broom, the symbol of the APC to Irek, on behalf of the decampees, Usani also gave them a copy of the constitution of the party.
He said in the APC, things are done orderly as prescribed by the party’s constitution