By Chijindu Emeruwa
Former Abia lawmaker and the 2019 Candidate of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, for Umuahia South state constituency of Abia State, Hon. Chijioke Nwachukwu, two thousands APGA members and supporters, have defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Others that defected to the APC alongside with the former member of the Abia State House of Assembly, were the APGA Chairman in Umuahia South LGA, Mr. Omerenma Ogbonna, entire Ward and Local Government Executive Committee of All Progressives Grand Alliance, (APGA) and PDP chairman, Ubakala Ward A, Hon. Kelechi Orji.
Addressing APC ward and Umuahia South LG Executive faithful during the declaration ceremony held at Mgbarakuma Ubakala in Umuahia South LGA, Wednesday, Nwachukwu, posited that APGA has failed to become a formidable opposition to the ruling Peoples Democracy Party, PDP, and regretted that the ideologies upon APGA was formed, has been desecrated by disgruntled elements.
The former legislator assured that their entry into APC has set a new pace for the party to win future elections in Umuahia South local Government and Abia as a whole.
Earlier, in his speech, defected chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Umuahia South LG, Omerenma Ogbonna, described APGA as annex of the PDP-led administration in Abia State.
He lamented the lack of internal democracy in APGA and posited that APGA in Abia State is dead following mass defection of its members across the seventh local Government areas of the state to other political parties.
“There is nothing like APGA in Abia State. Here are genuine and loyal members of APGA defecting alongside with me today. Our defection to APC would further brighten the chances of the progressive party to win future elections in Umuahia South LGA.
“If you look at recent development in Abia before now, many APGA leaders and stakeholders are dumping APGA day by day for the All Progressives Congress, because of the impunity and undemocratic practices that underwent the party during the last general election.
“We are assuring the Executive committees of our new party that we have come into APC, to repeat the feet(victory) recorded during 2015 and 2019 in Umuahia South come 2023 and other future polls”.
Welcoming the defected APGA members to the Abia APC fold, the APC chairman, Ubakala Ward A, Ihioma Madukaku, commended the decampees for the bold step taken in joining the progressives party, reiterated that APC is repositioned to sack the present PDP administration in order to bring democratic dividends to the doorsteps of the people.