A People Democratic Party, PDP, House of Representative aspirant, Aisha Osori, has denounced the PDP to join the All Progressives Congress, APC, after losing on the platform of the PDP.
Ms. Osori announced her defection on Tuesday in Abuja while briefing journalists at the APC national secretariat.
Ms. Osori emerged loser at the recent AMAC/Bwari federal constituency primary in the Federal Capital Territory. The incumbent member of the House from the constituency, Zaphania Jissalo, emerged victorious in the primary.
Mr. Jissalo got 89 votes out of the 107 cast to defeat Ms. Osori and three others.
Ms. Osori, who was presented with the membership card of the APC, told journalists she decided to defect after watching the APC primary because she believed in APC’s vice presidential candidate, Yemi Osibanjo, who was her lecturer at one time.
“I decided to denounce membership after watching the APC conduct its presidential primary in a fair and competitive manner and after seeing the combination of Osibanjo and Buhari, both men of integrity,” Ms. Osori said.
“Osibanjo used to teach me at the University of Lagos, faculty of law, I believe that is a great combination that would move the country forward and I want to be part of that team,’’ she said.
According to her, the APC slogan “Change” is enough reason to support the party as she was sure of winning the on the platform of APC.
Ms. Osori noted that more than 70 per cent of Nigerians were youth who wanted the change that “APC represents’’.
On what her contribution would be to ensure the success of the APC at the general elections, Ms. Osori, who leads the non-governmental organization, Nigerian Women’s Trust Fund, cited experience.
“The years of experience I garnered in the private sector as a lawyer and also as writer, first with Thisday and later with Leadership newspapers, will be of value to APC.
Reacting to the defection, the APC National Secretary, Mai-Mala Buni, who presented the membership card to Ms. Osori, expressed delight because his party was waxing stronger by the day.
“Such event will be a continuous thing. Our doors are open. Everybody, who is ready to join the party, is welcome anytime, any day,’’ he said.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This post has been updated to reflect the fact that Ms. Osori actually lost the PDP primary in the FCT contrary to the despatch sent us by the News Agency of Nigeria, which suggested she won.