The National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odige-Oyegun, yesterday received over 343, 591 defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Jos, the Plateau State capital.
Chief Oyegun was accompanied to the Rwang Pam Township stadium, venue of the event, by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; National Secretary of the APC, National Women Leader other national executive members.
Prominent among the defectors are Senator Joshua Dariye (Plateau Central); former Deputy Governor Ignatius Longjan; former governorship candidate of CAN, Pam Dung Gyang; Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly Yusuf Adamu Gagdi, Jimmy Cheto and a former Minister, Chief Jethro Akun, and others.
“The timing of this mass movement into the ruling party, by highly placed politicians on the plateau, is unique and historic to APC and to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Unique in the sense that the defectors are coming when the APC government and Mr. President need people to support him to succeed in changing the fortunes of this country.
“Plateau people are coming into the party en mass at a time when President Buhari is facing a big battle with corruption and so needs massive support. The president needs people like you around him to defeat the corruption which is already fighting back.
“Mr. President will ever remain grateful to these great politicians from Plateau state and their followers for their decision to come in and rally round his administration. The President considers this move as energy booster to his administration.
“This historic event is a declaration of support to our government and another way of encouraging our president and ministers, who are working behind the scene to fix Nigeria,” Oyegun said.
Plateau State Governor Simon Lalong said he was the happiest person with over 47,000 defectors coming from his home local government, Shendam. He assured the APC and President Buhari that he can count on the support of Plateau people any time.