SAN FRANCISCO, January 23, (THEWILL) – Joel Ikenya, a Former Minister of Labour and Productivity who served in the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, has announced his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ikenya, announced his defection less than 24 hours after former Senate President Ken Nnamani quit the former ruling party and urged Nigerians to key into the policies and programmes of the president for the socio-economic development of the country.
Speaking with journalists in Jalingo, capital of Taraba, on Monday, Ikenya said his defection was informed by the “numerous achievements” of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“My reasons for decamping from the PDP to pitched tent with the ruling party are based on the many achievements the president has recorded within his first one year in office,” he said.
“The success he achieved in restoring peace to the troublesome north-east zone alone is something we cannot shy away from no matter our political party differences.
“Buhari’s fight against corrupt practices is also one of the major factors that motivated me to dump my former political party to the ruling APC.”
“My supporters and I will support Mr President because a close look at his appointments will show you that no region benefited from his appointments like the North-East.
“I want to use this platform to call on citizens from the North-East region to put aside sentiments and support the president in reciprocity for all the good things he has done for us.”