-Reasons for Imo PDP members’ defection to APC- Opinion Poll
The recent defections of members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) across the state to the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, has been linked to fear of hunger as well as fear of being in the opposition in the next four years.
Recall that before the resignation of the erstwhile Publicity Secretary of the party Damian Opara, as well as the recent resignation of M.I. Okedu the Assistant Financial Secretary of the party, over 600 members reportedly denounced their membership of PDP, and joined the ruling party in Ahiazu Mbaise wards.
Confirmed reports also have it that there will be mass movement of members of PDP to APC on or before the end of the week, which will likely stun the former ruling party.
Howbeit, an opinion poll conducted by Edge Express newspaper across the state, shows that the major factor for the mass defection is the fear of being in opposition for a long time.
According to our findings, most of the decamped members depend on politics and politicians for survival, hence the fear of remaining in opposition party for as long as four years.
Though it was also gathered that some of them, cited internal party crisis and highhandedness of some leaders of the party, however most members interviewed dismissed the claims and described them as flimsy excuses for defecting.
Our opinion poll also have it that most of the chieftains of PDP who would be joining APC days to come are ‘fair weather’ politicians, who are neither here nor there, but good at aligning with the ruling political party. Leaders of the party, however, seem unperturbed following the exodus of their party faithfuls, on the basis that those defecting are not real party faithfuls and according to them, have contributed nothing to the growth of the party especially when their loyalty is most needed.