Posted by Jacob Segun Olatunji, Abuja | 28 November 2018 | 1,040 times
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, over 60 Support Groups which worked for the electoral victory of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), on Monday denounced the Party and defected to the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), lamenting that they were grossly used and dumped by the party.
Speaking at the official defection of the Groups at the National Secretariat of the PDP in Abuja yesterday, the former National Youth Vanguar Co-ordinator of APC, Hon Jubril Gazama disclosed that the mass defection of the Support Groups was a collective decision of members having realised that the Party only deceived and used them against what its leadership promised Nigerians.
According to him: “Our pulling out of our support for the APC was a collective decision, we all decided to quit so that we can have a future called Nigeria, then, they used us and they dumped us, we were all over the places, manning the polling booths to ensure victory for the Party which we did.
“Now 2019 is approaching again, we don’t want the repeat of that mistake, rather we have decided to quit and come to the PDP, we have accepted the Party’s apologies and we are going to the field for the mass mobilisation of votes for the total victory of its Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other Candidates in the elections.
Also speaking, the National Woman Leader of the Support Groups , Ambassador Blessing Sunday lamented that the Groups worked and ensured total victory for APC under the illusion that the Government would make lives more better for Nigerian but only to come to power and chained down the Nation.
She narrated how the Support Groups went round the entire country to solicit votes for the Party only to be dumped without even a handshake either by the President Muhammadu Buhari or the leadership of the Party and vowed that such would never repeat itself again.
Receiving the Representatives of the Support Groups on behalf of the National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, its National Secretary, Senator Umar Tsauri commended their initiative of pulling out of the ruling Party at the time the majority of Nigerians were yearning for a positive change and clamouring for the PDP as the alternative to the APC.
He assured the defectors of equal opportunities with all the old members of the Party and enjoined them to redouble their mobilisation derive in rallying Nigerians to ensure victory for the party come 2019.
•Excerpted from a Tribune report
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