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Why six Anambra lawmakers defected, by Buhari group


Buhari Legacy Continuity Initiative (BLCI) has described the defection of six members of Anambra State House of Assembly to the All Progressives Congress (APC) as part of the benefits of its grassroots enlightenment efforts.

The political action group stated, yesterday, that the lawmakers were responding to the reality of concrete evidence of performance by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration in the areas of infrastructure in South East geo-political zone, especially in Anambra.

The Coordinator of BLCI in Anambra, Sam Oraegbunam, noted that the progress of work at the second Niger Bridge, rehabilitation of Enugu–Onitsha expressway and dilapidated Enugu­–Port Harcourt road were pointers to the fact that APC was favourable to the South East.


After a meeting of some Anambra Assembly members with APC leaders recently, six lawmakers –Nonso Okafor, Lawrence Ezeudu, Arthur Chiekwu, Tim Ifediora and Edward Ibuzo – moved over to the APC.

Reacting to the development, the BLCI coordinator said the defection was a pointer to the growing acceptability of APC in Anambra, emphasising that such move in a governorship election period indicated a major shift of allegiance.

He stated: “What the state lawmakers have done shows that the grassroots enlightenment programme BLCI embarked on within the past one year is bearing fruit.”

While commending local coordinators and members of BLCI in Anambra for a job well done, Oraegbunam said the defection of notable politicians like Ossy Ezenwa, Senators Joy Emordi and Stella Oduah represented the first fruit of APC’s take over of South East.

The BLCI boss expressed the hope that more politicians would join the party in the course of the governorship campaigns, adding that it was obvious that Anambra people were ready to welcome Senator Andy Uba as the next governor.


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