Mr. Simunyola said this in Kasama today when he receieved 32 opposition Patriotic Front (PF) members who defected from their party to joing the MMD.
He thanked the defectors for taking a bold decision to abandon the PF adding that the opposition parties in Northern Province would soon collapse due to poor leadership.
He urged MMD members to rally behind President Rupiah Banda’s administration as he has shown good leadership qualities in running the affairs of the country.
Mr. Simunyola further advised Zambians not to listen to lies and insults being peddled by the opposition but instead demanded for positive criticism from the political players.
And speaking on behalf of other defectors, Victor Kalwala said the PF members had decided to ditch the opposition party because it has lost direction in the political arena.
Mr. Kalwala accused the PF leadership of having concentrated on insults at the expense of providing constructive criticism to the government.
He explained that the PF-UPND pact was headed for collapse because its leaders were merely power hungry.
Mr. Kalwala charged that the MMD was the only political party which was founded on democratic principles, adding that the defectors would work hard to ensure that the ruling party wins the forthcoming Kasama Central by-election.
Meanwhile, MMD Kasama Central Constituency chairman Nathan Ilunga said the defection has come at the right time when the ruling party was re-organising its structures in readiness for the 2011 general elections.
Mr. Ilunga said the MMD’s immediate target was to capture the Kasama Central seat following the resignation of incumbent Member of Parliament Saviour Chishimba.
He urged MMD members to work hard and ensure that the ruling party strengthens its popularity in Kasama and Northern Province in general ahead of 2011 general elections.