Two prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, from Gwer-West local government area of Benue State last Wednesday resigned their membership of the party and may soon formally pitch camp with the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The two stalwarts, Honourables Francis Nyibiam and Andrew Ayande tendered separate withdrawal and resignation letters to their respective ward chairmen.
In his letter to Mbachohon ward chairman, Mr Nyibiam, a former Special Adviser to Governor Moses Adasu, stated that “I write to notify you that I have withdrawn my membership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with effect from 25th of March, 2015.”
Speaking with newsmen the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Gabriel Suswam stated that he withdrew from the PDP so as to give unencumbered support towards the realization of the governorship aspiration of Chief Dr Samuel Ortom.
“Benue State is heading towards total collapse so we need somebody like Chief Dr Ortom who is experienced and mature both in politics and administration to bring the state back on track,” he stated.
Hon Ayande, former state secretary of the Social Democratic Party, SDP, who won election into the House of Representatives on the ticket of the Congress for National Consensus, CNC, stated in his letter to Gbange/Tongov ward chairman that he resigned from the party with a heavy heart.
In the letter which bore the same date with that of his contemporary, the former council chairman and Senior Special Assistant to Governor Suswam stated that “I today wish to resign from the party owing to the fact that we are no longer playing politics but family associations.”
In his reaction, APC governorship candidate in Benue State, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, stated that as grassroots politicians of repute the coming of the stalwarts to join hands with him would boost the electoral fortunes of the party in general and his chances of winning the election in particular.