At least 8,500 members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Rivers State on Thursday defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) at a rally organised in Port Harcourt.
The organiser, Mr. Chizi Nyeomasila, said the rally was a forum for local government executives of the group to decamp.
He added that the group will also organise rallies in the various local government areas for members at ward levels, who are willing to join the APC.
The organizer further expressed confidence that at the end of the programme at the local government areas, a total of 108,000 of its members would have formally crossed over to the APC.
Nyeomasila said they had to leave PDP when they realised that APC had what he termed “a better programme for the state.”
He said: “PDP is a failure in the state. We were there but have now seen that APC will serve the common good of the state better. Like Paul in the Bible, we now see clearly.”
“We are set to dislodge PDP in the state at all levels. It has started. Now it is two to one at the senatorial level. APC has two senators, while PDP has one. So you can see that APC is set for victory in 2019.”