As the 2019 general elections draw closer, no fewer than 3,250 members of All Progressives Congress and Peoples Democratic Party in Obi Local Government Area of Nasarawa state have defected to All Progressives Grand Alliance.
According to Tribune, the governorship candidate of the party, Labaran Maku, received the defectors at Obi LGA on Thursday, during his campaign visit.
The leaders of the defectors, Ubul Ukor and Elias Manasseh while speaking at the event, blamed “the failure of their former parties to address the security challenges in the state as the reason for their defection.”
“Apart from the insecurity problem, the present government of APC has not constructed roads and other social amenities in rural communities where we belong.
“Throughout our trying moments of insecurity and other problems confronting the state, Maku is the only person bold enough to speak in the defence of the masses.
“All other politicians and stakeholders of the state had abandoned us and only resurface now because they need our votes to win the election.
“We would stand with Maku no matter the blackmail or lies they spread against him because we know he is the only candidate that would ensure we go back to our farms and transform the state,” they said.
Maku, while reacting to the defection, expressed gratitude to the defectors for believing in him and his party.
He promised that if elected as the next governor of the state, he would restore security, develop the state, promote unity and generate employment.
“Under my leadership, any person or group instigating crisis and disunity would have the government to contain with irrespective of his or their status,” he added.