Ahead of the forthcoming Senatorial rerun in Benue South, no fewer than 7,000 aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), at Otukpa in Ogbadibo Local Government Area of the state.
A former chairman of the party in Ogbadibo, Mr. Matthew Ochigbo, who led the defectors, said they were defecting to the PDP in order to support the aspiration and wishes of the people of Idomaland and to lend their support to the reelection bid of the immediate past Senate President, Chief David Mark.
Receiving the defectors, Director General of the David Mark reelection campaign organisation, Abba Moro lauded them for their action.
He said, “What over 7,000 of you have done today in Otukpa clearly shows that those who recently left the PDP after riding on the crest of the party and the goodwill of Senator David Mark are standing alone even in their own localities.”
He further hailed the consistent support of the people of the area to the PDP.
According to him, “The coming rerun election will be an opportunity for all Idoma sons and daughters to move against the wicked plot of some external forces to demean our people.
“It will also be a better platform for us to publicly demonstrate our unalloyed support to a course that holds a better prospect for our people in general.”
The Senatorial rerun in Benue South is set to take place on the 20th of February 2016.