Defections reach fever pitch

From EMEKA OKONKWO
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – A prominent Nigerian oil industry executive, legal advocate and statesman has quit the opposition and joined the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Chief Barrister Dumo Lulu-Briggs formally declared and registered as a member of the ruling party in the restive Rivers State on Sunday.
He joined from the rival People’s Democratic Party, which the APC dislodged from power in 2005.
A string of defections between the two parties is characterizing Nigeria’s political landscape.
While reasons for the decamping could not be disclosed, Lulu-Brigs said, “I pray I am able to contribute immensely to the growth of the party in my ward, local government area and state. Those efforts translate positively nationally.”
Lulu-Briggs is founder of oil exploration company Moni Pulo. He was the vice-chairman of the now-defunct National Party of Nigeria, the dominant political party in Nigeria from 1979 to 1983. He has previously been named among the ten richest Nigerians.
He is the latest member to cross the floor from PDP to APC following recent years of defections between the two parties.
While he did not decamp from PDP, former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, tore his membership in public in protest of the party’s alleged lack of commitment to democracy while it was in power.
CAJ News

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