All is now set for a former commissioner and top notcher of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia state to join the All Progressives Congress ( APC)
Reliable sources close to the former commissioner who do not want his name in print disclosed to newsmen in Umuhia recently that arrangements have been concluded for the leadership of the APC in Abia state to receive the former commissioner and his numerous supporters with other PDP bigwigs expected to dump the PDP in the state.
Asked on the reason for the planned defection, the source said ” my boss is annoyed the way he was used and dumped by Governor Ikpeazu after all he did and accommodated insults and accusations from workers and pensioners over non- payment of salaries including being among top influential donors in Ikpeazu re- election in 2019 and was later dumped after all promises. As I talk to you now my boss has concluded arrangements to defect to the APC where he believes he would get better treatment to pursue his political aspiration come 2023″
Continuing, the source said ” I do not think that my boss is to be blamed for his planned defection and actions especially after he had applied his financial expertise in the economic sector of the state while he held sway as the commissioner for finance, if you were in his shoes, what will you do?”
When pressed on the exact time the former Finance commissioner will decamp to the APC, the source who looked furious and annoyed replied ” It will not take time from now, the stage is ready but I can tell you that my boss has perfected all arrangements to join the APC and nothing can stop him and I assure you that he is going to leave the PDP with his mammoth supporters across the length and breath of Ngwaland and indeed other parts of Abia state. “
” Recall that my boss was a former commissioner for finance in the state and served creditably and was never found wanting during the campaign but what transpired and led to his being dropped still remains a puzzle and after various promises, he is a human being and needs to fight back” the source said.
Already, political indicators in Abia state suggest a turbulent political activities in Abia state come 2023 as observers note that opposition in Abia may gather momentum in few months to come.
Speaking on the development, a political analyst and a University Don, Dr. Ufere Chidi noted that the “APC will make a strong wave in Abia state politics come 2023 owing to the fact that the incumbent Governor will serve out his term by then thereby setting a level playground for all the political actors”
The planned defection of the former Commissioner however, have been greeted with deep condemnation. A Frontline politician ,Chief Uro Nta described such action as a mark of unfaithfulness and clear demonstration of unstable character.
He pointed out such character are ” like rolling stone that gathers no moss” adding that the former commissioner’s high handedness earned him no followers in Abia State.
” He is not a threat to our party and he can go to any where he likes” Chief Nta said.
Also in her view, a front line women mobiliser and a social activist Mrs Grace Amarachi observed that it would be difficult for any other party to rule Abia state given the wide network of PDP achievements in the state so far.
She further pointed out that he Crisis rocking the APC at the National level will ultimately affect the party’s performance at the state and national level adding that the South east geopolitical zone of the country is consciously or unconsciously dominated by the PDP”
However, what will shape the politics of Abia state come 2023 is a question of time.