From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
The People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) has debunked media reports making the round that over 100 party members from Igalamela/ Odolu Local Government Area have defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC).
The PDP Chairman in Igalamela/ Odolu Local Government, Attai Ndanusa Salifu disclosed this in a statement made available to Our Correspondent on Wednesday.
Salifu said the purported members received by Kogi State Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello at the Government House was staged managed adding that, no members of the party from his Local Government has moved to the APC.
He urged the general public to disregard such report stressing that, it is the hand work of mischief makers who are scared of the popularity of PDP ahead of the November Governorship election in Kogi State.
According to him, PDP Ajaka ward 1 Chairman Anthony Abu and his Ward 2 counterpart Achema Amodu had since received apology
from one of the party member Ndah Salifu who said they were deceived to Government House by some desperate politicians loyal to APC.
” Some of our party member from Igalamela Odolu Local Government were deceived to have an official PDP meeting in Lokoja. Just as we see our self as brothers, some members of the APC called them for dialogue for the interest of the Local Government and Kogi State in general.
” They listen to the clarion call irrespective of their political affiliation. Surprisingly, when they got to government house, this desperate APC politicians took them to Governor Bello, telling him that this are PDP members who have defected to APC from Igalamela Odolu Local Government. They were all shocked with this development.
“They felt betrayed, as that was never their intentions when they were invited by their brothers from the ruling APC to Government House. PDP remains intact and a formidable force in Igalamela-Odolu local government”.
Salifu noted that the PDP in Igalamela Odolu Local Government remains committed to the Candidature of Senator Dino Melaye and his running mate Hajia Habiba Deen to take over Lugard house come November 11th 2023.
According to him, the PDP will win overwhelmingly in the Local Government to rescue Kogi State from the alleged mal-administration of the ruling APC.