By Egbe Attah
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), from Ewulo Ward, Otukpo Local Government Area of Benue State, Major General Harrison Adoga (Rtd) at the weekend dumped the APC for the Labour Party (LP).
Gen. Adoga, who was Commander Army Headquarters Garrison and Commandant, Nigeria Army Infantry Centre and School had also been a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for seven years.
Speaking at the event in Otukpo, the retired major general described the APC as “haven of vendetta and injustice,” noting that the APC became impossible for young vibrant people, who were passionate about service and ready to give back to the people to achieve their desires.
On why he joined the Labour Party, the elder statesman said: “I have chosen a route that I considered to be in line with my aspirations and mantra of taking the country from consumption to production.”
He, however, said he was happy to have contributed to the growth of Benue through the PDP and APC, noting that he would bring his wealth of experience to bear in the running of the Labour Party both in the state and at the national level.
The state Chairman of the Labour Party, Comrade Ibrahim Idoko, while receiving him, said that the party was poised to deliver Nigeria from the shackles of poverty and insecurity, stressing that Gen. Adoga had the charisma to take the party to the next level.
On his part, the Benue State deputy governorship candidate of the party, Dr Godwin Adejoh described him as a citadel of knowledge, who would use his wealth of experience to move the party to greater height.
Others, who spoke separately, including, the Benue South Senatorial candidate of the party Joe Ojobo and the Otukpo Local Government Area Chairman of the party, Austin Idoko, said “it was time to ensure a new system to end poverty and suffering in the country, adding that all the candidates of the party would not disappoint Nigerians if elected.
House of Representatives candidate for Otukpo-Ohimini of the party, Lordsam Ogbole and that of Apa and Agatu, Austin Melvin Ejeh observed that the party was bringing a new structure to Nigeria. They stressed that it was trying to change the narrative, bring empowerment to the youths and ensure a non-corrupt system.