No fewer than 18,000 members of the All Progressives Congress have defected to the All Progressives Congress in Benue South Senatorial district.
They were received by the party in Ohimini LGA of the state during the ward to ward tour of the PDP in the area on Thursday.
Among the defectors were former chairman of the APC, secretary and council member.
The defectors hinged their reason on the failed government of the President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, leader of the group, Oche Ogbu, said they decided to join the PDP because they no longer understand the ruling party.
He said APC has not been able to fulfil single promise it made during the 2015 electioneering camapaign.
“Buhari is a curse to Nigeria. That is why he’s stumbling and making blunders. He would continue to fall until he stumbles out of power. We were there and can testify that Buhari is a failure to Nigeria,” Ogbu said.
Receiving the defectors on behalf of the party, Mike Iduma, former Commissioner for Health in Benue State, described their action as encouraging.
Iduma, who was also chairman of the PDP in Benue Stated, welcomed the defectors, assuring them of equal treatment.
“In PDP, we don’t know new comer or old member, we are all one. You have made the best and right decision and we are happy about that.
“We are all aware that the APC government has failed. I overhead Comrade Abba Moro, our party’s senatorial candidate saying that the APC promised change but ended up bringing hunger to our land. That is the truth. We have seen situations were food get missing from people’s kitchens. It wasn’t like this under the PDP government.
“I am sure our people have learnt their lesson and won’t repeat same mistake they made in 2015.
“We must vote Atiku as our President, Samuel Ortom as our Governor, Abba Moro as our Senator, Egli Ahubi as our house of reps members and Chris Adaji as our state assembly member,” Iduma said.