By Dare Raji
President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid received a boost across the country following the mass defection that swept across the country in recent weeks in Lagos, Edo, Kebbi and Abia states.
In Lagos, at the weekend no fewer than 1000 members of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) citing the failure of the PDP leadership to manage crisis that engulfed the party in recent times and the inability of the party to win election in the 2015 general election.
Speaking at the event held at the APC party secretariat, the party chairman, Chief Henry Ajomale described the PDP as a party without direction that plunged Nigeria into darkness during 16-year reign at the federal level. He said the Buhari-led administration had performed well and brought the expected change to the country by bringing corruption to a minimal level.
He said APC was currently paying for the debts of the PDP-led administration that had created many problems for Nigerians within the years of ruling the country. In his words, “Buhari is not a fool, he has performed well before and he will still do better”, he said.
He therefore urged Nigerians to be patient with the Buhari-led administration as it takes time to rebuild the economy and social infrastructures.
Commissioner of Women affairs and poverty Alleviation in Lagos State, Mrs. Lola Akande said the party was glad to welcome the new entrants as she tasked them to work for the betterment of the party in future election as APC is currently a winning party and it has capacity to accommodate more members into its fold. She gave the assurance that there would be no discrimination for new members of the party.
Also, last week in Edo state, members of the PDP defected massively to the APC at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium, Benin.
The event which was attended by former governor of the state, Comrade Adams Oshiomole described the tenure of 16 years of PDP in the state and country as a failure while praising the dynamic leadership of the present governor, Godwin Obaseki and his amiable team.
Oshiomole praised the action of the defectors, saying the defectors would bring electoral value to APC in the state and described the defection as a total cleansing of the opposition in the state. He urged the new entrants to work for the success of the party in the 2019 general election.
The defection of former Governor of Kebbi State, Alhaji Usman Dakingari and his team, that include former chairmen of PDP in the state, former commissioners, and a host of party faithful to the APC from the PDP has further depleted the ranks of the party in the state, and giving the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari a boost in the forth coming election in the state. Speaking on his defection, Dakingari said his defection was as a result of his desire to move Kebbi and the nation forward and his desire to see to the re-election of the President in the 2019 general election.
The massive defection across the state is a pointer to the massive support President Muhammadu Buhari is receiving towards his bid to seek re-election in 2019 especially towards the endorsement of APC governors.
The opening of Muhammadu Buhari Osinbajo (MBO) dynamic support group office in Ibadan by the Minister of Communication Adebayo Shittu, and the former Governor of Abia state, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu has further confirmed the chances of the President running for a second term in office.