By Abubakar Yunusa.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ankpa local government area of Kogi State has disputed the rumours making rounds in the state that the APC ward chairman, Ojoku ward 3 and his entire executive members have decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The rumour is coming on the heels of a report published by an online news medium in the state claiming that more than two hundred members of the APC has decamped to the opposition PDP in Okaba ward of Ankpa local government area and were received by the former commissioner of finance, Hon Zakari Alfa, over the weekend.
The APC, in a statement signed by its public relations officer, Hon. Abdulhamid Ikoja, stated that the party in Ojoku Ward 3 remains a united umbrella with progressive minded supporters who believes in the new direction government policies.
Ikoja said the defection report is untrue and remain a figment of the imagination of the peddlers of fake news.
According to the statement, Hon. Umar Muhammed is the APC ward chairman of Ojoku Ward 3 and not Chief Wodi as alleged in the report making round.
The statement described the rumours gaining grounds in the council and beyond as baseless and unfounded, saying that they were being orchestrated to destabilize the party.
“Chief Wodi decamped from APDA to the APC during the House of Assembly election at Ankpa township, and he has never declared any interest in Ojoku Ward 3. While lobbying for appointment few months he decamped to our great party.
“It is important to state here that Wodi was a member of the party, but he subsequently left the party because his interest were not made available to him on a platter of gold and I want to make it clear that none of our exco members, in recent times, has decamped to the opposition party as stated in the online report.
“I urged Okai to stop using his platform to cook false story against the APC, Ankpa chapter. We remain stronger and united in our mission and vision to canvas vigorously to support Governor Yahaya Bello’s presidential bid come 2023,” he said.