A federal lawmaker representing Gwer East and ‘ Gwer West of Benue State, Mark Gbillah , said on Tuesday that the unabated killings by herdsmen led to the defection of about 8 , 000 members of the ruling All Progressives Congress to the opposition PDP .
Among those who defected were council chairmen , councilors, political appointees from the area, including the newly appointed Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs .
Others are the State Assembly member for Gwer West, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Community Relations and the General Manager , Benue State Environmental Sanitation Agency .
Gbillah who was addressing a crowd at a rally which took place at Naka , Gwer West Local Government Area of Benue State, said he left the APC with his supporters after consulting widely with major stakeholders in his constituency .
“ This is the axis that herdsmen ravaged the most in our state apart from the Makurdi , Guma and Logo local government areas and in the midst of this , the lack of concern and indifference of the APC – led Federal Government about the security of lives and property in our state left us with no other option than to leave the party .
“ Our people were killed and chased away from their communities and ancestral homes and the Federal Government feigned ignorance to the plight of our people despite the cries of everyone of us , including Governor Ortom for help and assistance.
“ It is also the very undemocratic disposition of the APC – led Federal Government which has chosen to flout the rule of law with impunity that has chased us out of the party .”
He added , “ You can also see how we are being told to suspend the rule of law for national security . These are the alarming things we are hearing under this administration .
“ Senator George Akume also keeps lying about what he has done for everybody but the truth must be told about the false claims . So over 8, 000 of us are leaving the party for him and more would be leaving in the coming days as the train moves to other areas of my constituency and Gwer East , ” Gbillah added .