About 500 members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ughelli South Council Area of Delta State have dumped the party and joined the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Their decision was made due to the leadership crisis rocking the state chapter of the party.
Led by a former House of Assembly aspirant of the party, Olorogun Samson Okomitie, the defectors admitted that there was no future for the APC in the state.
Okomitie, who spoke during the defection in Ekakpamre community on Saturday, said they had decided to dump the ruling party following the lingering leadership crisis rocking the state and council leadership of the party in the state.
He further revealed that with the unresolved leadership tussle in the state chapter, there was no hope that the party could win any elective election in the 2019 General Election in the Country.
His words: “We have decided to leave the All Progressive Congress because of the lingering leadership tussle rocking the party from wards, local government and state level without any attempt by the party hierarchy to settle the crises.
“For some of us, it has become evident that there is no party like PDP in Delta and it was also obvious that APC has a lot to do to compete with PDP in Delta considering extent the party had gone in the state with massive development.”
He added that the development stride of the state governor, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa and the internal democracy within the state chapter of the PDP convinced him and his supporters to join the ruling party from the opposition APC.
The defectors were received by Ughelli South PDP Chairman, Mr Djegbe Oshetigho and other party leaders from the area, who said the party was open and ready to receive members of the opposition parties ahead of the 2019 elections.