Some youth leaders and representatives of Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi Central senatorial district, have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) towards the November 16 governorship election in the state.
The youth leaders on behalf of several other members of their former party officially decamped to APC Wednesday in Lokoja and pledged their allegiance and loyalty for the re-election of Governor Yahaya Bello.
Receiving the decampees, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, Engr Abubakar Ohere, commended them for dumping their former parties to pitch their tent with the ruling party APC.
Ohere, who doubles as the leader of Kogi Central appointees in the present administration, urged the decampees to feel at home, while expressing confidence the governor would be reelected come November 16.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Special Projects and State Focal Person, National Social Investment Programme, Prince Abdulkareem Onyekehi Suleiman, who led the group, presented them to Engr. Ohere on behalf of the party.
Onyekehi reiterated that Gov Bello is a youth friendly governor whose doors are widely opened to accommodate whoever is willing to join the New Direction Team.
Mr Ahad Onimisi Salaudeen (aka Anokiki), a former Personal Assistant II to SDP former senatorial candidate and current governorship candidate of the party Natasha Akpoti, who spoke on behalf of the decampees, assured the governor of their total support.
Other party stalwarts in attendance were: all local government administrators from Kogi Central, immediate past house of assembly member, Okehi constituency, Hon Abdulkareem Sani Kekere, and state publicity secretary of APC, Hon Jibril Abu, among others.