A former Peoples Democratic Party presidential aspirant, Stanley Osifo, on Thursday night threw his weight behind President Muhammadu Buhari by announcing his defection to the All Progressives Congress.
Mr. Osifo, who hails from Edo State, told journalists at a press conference in Lagos that he is leaving the PDP with, at least, “10 million” of his followers after the realisation that the party was not in the best position to deliver Nigeria to the desired destination.
“I believe if not for the coincidence in the postponement of the Presidential Elections from February 16 to 23, the announcement had been planned for this day (Thursday 21, 2019). I strongly believe in the decision taken and the whole world should know,” Mr Osifo.
“Also, I want to state clearly that, my supporters and I are giving our unflinching support to the re-election of the incumbent president, Muhammadu Buhari, and all other governors, senators, from top to bottom under the platform of the APC.”
Mr Osifo’s announcement came a day after 12 presidential candidates endorsed Mr Buhari’s re-election bid.
Although Mr Osifo, 42, was the youngest among the PDP presidential aspirants before the party’s primaries in October last year, he was largely regarded as a sponsored spy within the party, a claim he denied vigorously.