The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),  Uche Secondus, has told those who just defected to the party from the All Progressives Congress to be ready to fight a war.

He says the battle to wrest power from the ruling party would be fierce as the APC would not want to yield power easily.

Secondus spoke in Abuja on Wednesday night at a dinner held by the national leadership of the party to welcome defectors from the APC, who are members of the National Assembly, into its fold.

Speaking at the dinner, Secondus described the defectors as courageous men and women, who he said refused to keep quiet in the face of “flagrant disobedience of rules in the country".

He added: “This event is organised in honour of those who took bold steps to join others to rescue the nation.

"In Defence Of Democracy"

“They are heroes. They could have chosen to remain where they were and even return to their seats (in the National Assembly), but because they could not see what is going on in the country and keep quiet. That is why they are here.

“They cannot see the killings, the frame-ups, the unemployment and the kind of military democracy that cannot even be described, that they are foisting on us and keep quiet. If we are in the military government, we would know. Rule of law and court orders are no longer obeyed.

“These heroes of democracy who have decided to move from the ruling party are unusual men.  We need to honour them.  Their decision is in defence of democracy.

"Long Walk To Freedom 

“But let remind you that we are very far from getting there. Be ready to fight both real and proxy wars.

“It is going to be a very long walk to freedom. There is no longer freedom in Nigeria. No freedom of the press. If you tell them the truth, they say it is hate speech. When you tell them the whole truth, they say it is fake news.”

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Secondus, who said he just returned from Benue State where he led members of the National Working Committee on a solidarity visit to Governor Samuel Ortom, described the day the defection took place in both chambers of the National Assembly as the day of freedom.

He said the defections that took place in states such as Kwara, Sokoto, Kogi, Kano and others “because Nigerians are in pains.”

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The PDP chair who chided President Buhari’s handling of the security situation in the country assured the new members of equal rights and opportunities as other members, stressing that nothing stays on their path of political aspirations.

“We have seen in the past three years that the APC government has visited upon us a military styled democracy that cannot be described.

The security agents that are charged with the responsibility of maintaining law and order are breaking the laws.

“We can’t afford to watch the bloodletting going on across the country. We have seen in the past three years that the APC government has visited upon us a military styled democracy that cannot be described.

"The security agents that are charged with the responsibility of maintaining law and order are breaking the laws. The Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, will lock down government houses and the Federal Government would say it was not aware or not bothered."

Responding on behalf of the lawmakers who joined the PDP, Senator Dino Melaye who also represented Senate President, Bukola Saraki at the event thanked the party organs for providing an enabling environment for their return.

He chided the APC-led administration for what he called the persecution of perceived enemies of government even as he described the APC as a 404 Peugeot car that has no air conditioning system.

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