By Nsan Ndoma-Neji, Calabar
No fewer than 880 staunch supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Onibara Local Government Area of Cross River State have defected to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The decampees, on Monday evening, threw away their bunches of broom, which is a symbol of the APC, claiming to have withrawn thier membership from the ruling APC in Ohanacommunity in Obubra Local Government Area.
Speaking on behalf of the defectors, Geoffrey Okorn stressed that the defectors spread across the eleven wards of Obubra Local Government Area in Cross River Central senatorial district.
He said that they decided to do away with the broom that had done them no good, stressing that with Senator Sandy Onor as governorship candidate of the PDP, they are ready to join forces with committed party men to assist him sweep the polls.
The defectors collected the PDP membership cards.
Also speaking on behalf of the defectors, Sammy Ovat stated that the reason for their defection was borne out of the outstanding leadership qualities and numerous contributions made in several occasions by the lawmaker representing Cross River Centralsenatorial district at the National Assembly, Senator Onor.
He averred that should Onor emerge as winner of the governorship election in Cross River State, more infrastructural facilities would be made available in the local government.
He commended Senator Onor for grading several roads and for the provision of many other infrastructural facilities, during his tenure as senator; adding that more would be done if he finally beats other contestants to emerge as governor.
Expressing happiness over the defection, the PDPgovernorship candidate stated that he would bring water, school blocks, electricity and several infrastructural facilities to the area, given the fact that he once live in Ohana community, when he was a student of St. Brandans College, Inyamoyong, some decades ago.
He said, “Nothing would make me let you down when I sweep the polls and become governor of the state.
“I grew up in this village. I lived here with you people. I see you as my people. Once I win the governirship election and mount the throne, much would be done here in this community.”