The Peoples Democratic Party in Ebonyi has seen thousands of people join the party.
According to Vanguard, no fewer than 20,000 registered members of the Action Peoples Party, APP, State Working Committee, SWC, all Local Government and Ward executives of the party, Tuesday decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the State.
Addressing a press conference in Abakaliki, the immediate past Chairman of the APP, Engr Joshua Chinedum Elekwachi stated that his decision to join the fold of the PDP was “borne out of the fact that the Party is unarguably the only political party that truly resonates with the masses, not only in Ebonyi State but also across the country.”
According to him, “I am joining PDP to team up and work with the good people of Ebonyi State to retrieve the State from the hands of a very few mercantilist politicians who have personalised governance and impoverished the people of the State for years now.”
The former Chairman of the Forum of APP Chairmen in the 36 states of the country including FCT, Abuja, berated the APC-led Federal Government for being insensitive to the plight of Nigerians.
He stressed that the APC has failed Nigerians, following its inability to revamp the economy for the benefit of the people.
He said: “I am moving to the PDP together with all the members of the State Working Committee, SWC, of APP, all local government and Ward executives and over 20,000 registered members of the party in the State.
“Therefore, today, being Tuesday, 17 November 2020, the entire APP structure in Ebonyi State is hereby collapsed into the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
“In the last five years a lot has happened in Ebonyi which made the majority of Ebonyi people to feel highly disenchanted, neglected and sidelined but the time has come, as it pleases the Lord, to remember his people and give them a new song of victory.
“To this end, it behoves on all true sons and daughters of Ebonyi to come together and work together under one umbrella to rescue and return the State to the path of genuine peace, unity and prosperity for all.’
Johnson Kokumo, The Edo State Police Commissioner has warned that police officers will no longer fold their hands and allow hoodlums attack and kill them at will.
Speaking during the inauguration of 70 vigilante group in Ikopaba-Okha local government of the State on Monday November 16, Johnson stated that there is a justification to use their firearms when their lives are in danger or while defending others whose lives are being threatened.
The police chief who averred that it is the responsibility of the police to sanitize the state, added that the police have made good number of arrest in connection with “all manner of crimes in the state.”
Johnson further disclosed that operatives of the force will be on 24 hours joint patrol with other security agencies in the local government.
“We will keep talking to our officers not to police with bitterness. But never again will it happen for someone carrying jack-knife to kill a policeman carrying AK-47.
“The police will no longer fold their hands and die like chicken. I want everyone to take the message home to neighbours and their children.”