Lagos - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) rejected claims about 1 000 of its members in Khana Local Government Area of Rivers State defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The ruling party said the reports were "a ruse, aimed at misleading the good people of Ogoni and members of the party."
“All our members in Khana and other local government areas of Ogoni in Rivers State are intact, unswerving and are truthful to the PDP in the State," PDP stated.
It alleged that on Wednesday, members of the APC were gathered together at the premises of the Khana Local Government Council and N10 000 each was distributed to them through the office of the Secretary to the Rivers State Government by the Chairman, Caretaker Committee of Khana Local Government Area.
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"It was absolutely an APC way of celebrating Nigeria’s Independence and in their usual gesticulation of pillaging Rivers tax payers’ money. No member of the PDP attended the APC waste of tax payers’ money."
PSP said the event was meant for the "few" APC members who were left behind after the mass defection of the APC members along with the former Chairman of Khana Local Government Council, Nwidam to the PDP.
It further stated that the gathering was to persuade the few APC members left behind following the defection of the former Khana Council leader with all his aides and over 5 000 APC members with entreaties and monetary enticement.
The PDP challenges anybody who claims its members defected to the APC in Bori with proof of their names, wards and PDP membership card numbers.
"We wish to affirm the PDP’s resolve to take over power from Governor Rotimi Amaechi and the APC in Rivers State and no amount of deception by the APC would daunt our determination to take total control of Rivers State from a group of bravadoes," it said.
Amaechi is ironically one of a number of senior officials that quit PDP for the APC at the height of divisions within the ruling party.
- CAJ News