11 PDP, APGA lawmakers defect to APC ahead of Anambra poll
Andy Uba campaign team commends move
Eleven lawmakers from Anambra State have defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the state’s November 6 governorship poll.
They comprise five serving and four former House of Representatives members, as well as two members of the Anambra State House of Assembly.
They are: Douglas Egbuna, Ebuchi Offor, Vincent Oguwelu, Ifeanyichukwu Ibezi, Emeka Anoku, Chris Emeka, Ifeanyi Monah, Ohwudili Ezenwa, Chinwe Nwaebili, Chuma Nzeribe and Emeka Azubogu.
This was disclosed in a statement, yesterday, by Mamman Mohammed, Director General, Press and Media Affairs to Governor Buni.
The defectors were received by Yobe State Governor and Chairman, APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Mai Mala Buni.
The defectors eulogised Buni for giving APC needed leadership and taking the party to greater heights, even as they promised to deliver their constituencies to the party in the forthcoming governorship poll.
Buni congratulated the new members, saying they made the right decision by joining the APC and bringing their people to its fold. “You have taken the right decision at the right time. You will enjoy all the rights and privileges of the party,” he said.
The event was witnessed by Speaker House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila; Deputy Senate President Ovie Omo Agege; state governors, Hope Uzodimma (Imo), Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano) and Abubakar Badaru (Kebbi).
Meanwhile, Victor Afam Ogene, who is Director, Media and Publicity, Andy Uba Governorship Campaign Organisation, has described the defection of federal and state lawmakers to the APC as symbolic of the much-anticipated victory of Senator Andy Uba and the party on November 6.
In a chat with The Guardian, Ogene said the politicians who switched camps, realised that Uba was already coasting to victory and decided to align their constituents and constituencies in the struggle to rescue the state from the alleged ineptitude of the ruling APGA.
He said: “It is official! These honourable members of the House of Representatives and Anambra State House of Assembly have defected to APC.
“Elections are about people. And when you see people, who hold the mandates of their various constituencies, decide to dump their former parties for another, based on the electoral appeal of a particular candidate, then one’s reaction should be quite positive.”