Concerns have been raised with the rise in the defection of some members of the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

However, the Peoples Democratic Party has said it is not moved by the defections of governors under the party and insisted that it is well-positioned to reclaim the seat of power in the forthcoming race.

Recall that Empire had earlier reported the defection of the Governor of Zamfara State, Bello Mattawalle, recording him as the second governor to join the ruling party just over one month after his Cross River counterpart Ben Ayade moved to the APC.

But the PDP insisted that the defections are nothing to worry about, it claimed that the APC has not fulfilled its promises to Nigerians.

“We stand here to state clearly that we will form the next government come 2023 because of the masses, not the governors who are leaving the PDP,” the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus said during a press conference in Abuja on Tuesday.

The PDP leader who accused the APC of “poaching governors” from the party and intimidating them to join the ruling party, urged the APC to focus on repositioning the country’s economy and making life better for Nigerians.

“I have never seen a country where you have an economic crisis, [and] insecurity then the ruling party goes poaching governors… it is a shame that all the governors left for fear; they were intimidated by the instrument of the government of the APC,” the PDP leader noted while lamenting the level of hardship in Africa’s populous nation.

“They are going after our governors but we are going after the masses of this country, the people who are suffering under this government. And that is the difference.”

The PDP had in 2015 lost the seat of power to the APC after being in power for sixteen years.

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