A former National Chairman of Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Barnabas Gemade, has given reasons why he rejoined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Gemade who rejoined the APC, weekend, had at the wake of the 2019 elections left the party to actualise his failed third term senatorial bid on the platform of Social Democratic Party (SDP).
Speaking to some journalists in Makurdi on Wednesday, the two-time federal lawmaker who represented the Benue North East senatorial district, said his return to APC would help position the party for more wins in the future.
“The fact is that you move in politics based on the interests that present themselves. When I left the PDP in 2015, precisely 2014, it was because the party had put a framework on ground to stop me from getting my second term as senator representing my senatorial zone.
“And I said well. If you have arsenals flying to shoot you down and you foolishly decide to stay there to be shot, then you are not a clever person. That’s why I left into APC. And I left in good time enough to win my election. And as you know, the incumbent governor of the state at that time contested against me and lost the election.
“In 2019, similar arsenals were put on line to stop me from seeking my election back into the senate and I in a similar manner, decided to change camp in order that I can secure my reelection into the senate.
“You know that the practice here in Benue since 1999 was such that the other two zones were being represented almost permanently by single candidates. In Zone C, David Mark had been there five times.
“In Zone B, Senator George Akume was seeking his fourth term because he had been there three terms.
“And so, for me seeking my third term in Zone A was a very mundane issue that was not supposed to attract any form of opposition. But people chose to say it’s their turn.
“And then, when I saw that the climate in the APC was not conducive to guarantee that there would be fair contest in my seeking nomination, I decided to leave. Unfortunately, I left too late into SDP that was not a properly organized political party and we could not prosecute the election properly.
“Now, since after that, the situation in our state has presented itself in a manner which everybody is concerned. It is because of this reason that I felt that SDP is not a political party I can operate in to cause any change in this state about good leadership, good governance, good representation or even good politicking.
“So, I decided that I should go back to the party that I joined in 2015 and we made a huge success. That is why I’m back in APC,” Gemade posited.