Minister of Labour and Productivity, under the immediate past administration of Goodluck Jonathan, Sen. Joel Ikenya, has defected from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Ikenya, was a former PDP chieftain in Taraba State.
Speaking with newsmen in Jalingo on Monday, Ikenya said his defection was informed by the numerous achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari- led administration.
He said, “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.
“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,” Ikenya said.
“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 northeast region to put aside sentiments and support the president in reciprocity for all the good things he has done for us,” he said.