By Oginyi Ruth
A former Commissioner for Information in Ebonyi State and 34 political appointees of Governor David Umahi on Wednesday defected to the All Progressives Congress vowing to mobilize for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari and the governorship candidate of the party in the state, Senator Sonni Ogbuoji.
The defectors, all former members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), say boasted that APC will win the forthcoming elections in the state.
The decampees led by the former commissioner, Chief Abia Onyeike also said the APC governorship candidate in Ebonyi will defeat the candidate of the PDP and incumbent governor, Umahi.
They were received by Senator Ogbuoji when the APC campaigns train visited Edda in Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, ‘‘But unfortunately, not many of us think this way and they do their best to incite in their words, cajole in their acts and drag everyone into chaos. Don’t forget that Umahi had said it several times that he would crush and grind anyone that stands his way or contests against him. But we will do our best to avoid their vile acts that come from the vile words.”
‘’Our only wish is that whoever sows shall reap also according to his work,
While addressing the crowd after the defections, the wife of the gubernatorial candidate, Mrs. Ogbuoji welcomed the new supporters and also urged them in line with her husband’s words to shun violence and dedicate all their support to peaceful election in the state.
She called on them to ignore entreaties by the opposition that would lead to mayhem during the elections and face the task of winning the battle.
“I am a mother and all children belong to us mothers. No mother, just like me, would want to lose her child to election violence. I therefore call on mothers and fathers to caution their children against being used by others for their political gain at the expense of their lives.”