APC members from Tiv communities defect to PDP in Taraba.
Some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from across four local councils in Taraba State have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
A former lawmaker in the defunct Gongola State, David Mtuhem, led the defectors to the PDP secretariat in Jalingo, the state capital.
He disclosed that the inability of the APC leadership at the national level to protect the lives and property of the Tiv communities from the incessant attacks by the herdsmen compelled them to dump the party.
The defectors, who came from Wukari, Ibi, Gashaka and Bali Local Councils, lamented that their sojourn in the APC “was bad luck to the Tiv nation.”
He expressed confidence that the PDP “will wipe away our tears by protecting our interests”
Mtuhem said their return to the PDP was to ensure that the new party emerges victorious in both presidential and governorship polls in 2019.
He stressed that grassroots mobilization in the state had commenced in the various local government areas.
The ex-lawmaker called on Tiv communities across the country to urgently join forces with the PDP, adding that the APC under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari does not have the interest of the Tiv people at heart.
Receiving the defectors, state Chairman of the PDP, Victor Kona, said: “The Tiv nation, having been richly endowed and blessed by God, feel sad that they have been grossly shortchanged by the APC.
Citing the recent defection of the Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom from APC to the PDP, he expressed concern that the APC-led Federal Government has not protected the interest of Tiv people in the country.
Mtuhem stressed that the massive return of the entire Tiv people in Taraba to PDP, no doubt “marks the beginning of a new era for them in the state and the country at large.”