Former presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Stanley Osifo has decamped to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), ahead of the February 23 Presidential and National Assembly elections in Nigeria.
It was learned that Osifo, who was one of the over 10 aspirants that challenged and lost to Atiku Abubakar in the opposition party’s presidential primary election in Port Harcourt last year, joined President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC on Thursday, two days to the general election.
The incumbent president and the former vice president are the front runners in the race for Nigeria’s highest office.
That is not all.
The Edo-born politician told newsmen in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial centre, that he was leaving the PDP with no fewer than “10 million” of his followers.
Osifo said he was leaving the party because he had discovered that the PDP was not formidable to make Nigeria a better country.
“Also, I want to state clearly that, my supporters and I are giving our unflinching support to the re-election of the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, and all other governors, senators, from top to bottom under the platform of the APC,” he added.
“The fight against insurgency has been dealt with to a large extent. Many of us today will tell ourselves the truth, infrastructural development that we can see all over the country today is the handiwork of the present administration.”
He also said that “My structure base spread across the 36 states of the federation, I can assure you today that millions of Nigerians are moving with me to the APC. We remain optimistic that nothing less than 10-15 million Nigerians, particularly those within the strata of young people who are going to move to join the APC.
“I have looked at the PDP and the APC, the fight against corruption is being carried out holistically, they are doing a lot in infrastructure, in the past few months, our GDP has increased. So all these informed my decision to decamp and support what is going on.”
Osifo moved to the APC the same day chairman of the main opposition in Yobe state, Sani Inuwa Nguru, decamped to the ruling party, and a day after 12 presidential candidates endorsed Buhari’s re-election bid.
Concise News had reported on Thursday that Nguru was in Aso Rock, Nigeria’s Presidential Villa, on Thursday to declare his support for Buhari.