Echo­cho, 109 oth­ers de­fect to APC in Kogi

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Itodo Daniel Sule, Lokoja

The lead­ing Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) gov­er­nor­ship as­pi­rant in Kogi, Al­haji Jibrin Isa Echo­cho along­side 109 other mem­bers of the party yesterday de­camped to the All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC).

Amongst those that dumped the PDP are Mo­hammed Ibrahim Idris, son of the im­me­di­ate past gover­nor of Kogi State, Al­haji Ibrahim Idris (Ibro).

Echo­cho, who con­tested the PDP gov­er­nor­ship pri­maries on Septem­ber 14, lost to the in­cum­bent gover­nor, Idris Wada, who polled 709 as against the 139 votes polled by him (Echo­cho).

Echo­cho along­side the other de­cam­pees were re­ceived at the Lokoja Con­flu­ence Sta­dium by the APC gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date, Prince Abubakar Audu and other party sup­port­ers.

Re­ceiv­ing the de­fec­tors, Prince Abubakar Audu said the de­vel­op­ment sig­nals an end to reign of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party in Kogi State.

He said the APC was only wait­ing to bury the PDP come Novem­ber 21 and urged the peo­ple of Kogi to vote mas­sively for his party.

Audu said his mis­sion to Kogi is to res­cue the state from un­der­de­vel­op­ment, adding that he was not out for vengeance.

Since his de­feat at the pri­maries, Echo­cho’s body lan­guage has clearly shown that he was only wait­ing for time to de­fect. Observers be­lieve that his move­ment to the APC is a big mi­nus to the rul­ing gov­ern­ment.

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