PDP govs head to Benue as party hosts APC defectors in Abuja


Some Peoples Democratic Party (PDP ) governors have headed for Benue State in a show of  solidarity with Samuel Ortom, their Benue counterpart, who is facing what is described as political persecution.

A top member of the party, who disclosed this to newsmen, said the PDP governors would re-assure Ortom of the support of the party.

Ortom defected from the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the PDP last week, and on Monday, eight lawmakers of the APC served a notice of impeachment on him.

The next day, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) said it had traced a fraud of N22 billion to him.

The governor has described the allegation as a witch-hunt, saying he was being targeted for leaving the ruling party.

The politician who spoke with the press said while in Makurdi, capital of Benue, the PDP governors would “issue a strong condemnation of the illegal attempt to impeach and remove Ortom from office”.

He added that the PDP had put in place a reception for all the politicians who defected from the APC.

He said the meeting will hold in Abuja on Wednesday evening.

“We are hosting all the APC decampees this evening at Hilton Hotel, Abuja. We need to welcome them home and assure them that the party will stand by them and support them against the attacks of the APC,” the source said.

The ruling party has lost some of its key members in the build-up to the 2019 general election.

Last week, 46 federal legislators dumped APC for PDP. On Tuesday, Senate President Bukola Saraki and Abdulfatah Ahmed, governor of Kwara state, joined the PDP.

A legislative source had told the press that Saraki took the action just as the leadership of the APC was finalising plans to expel him.

The national working committee of the APC under Adams Oshiomhole had dissolved the Kwara faction loyal to Saraki and issued a query to the senate president on Tuesday.

He was given 24 hours to respond to the allegations bordering on anti-party activities and frustrating Buhari’s government.

Ahmed Ibeto, Nigerian high commissioner to South Africa, Bolaji Abdullahi, spokesman of the APC, and Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state, are the latest APC influential members to join the PDP.

On Monday, president Muhammadu Buhari said the exodus that has hit his party did not worry him.

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