Friday, 20 October 2017

Anambra lawmaker denies dumping PDP to APGA

 Image result for pictures of Hon Ben Nwankwo

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

The member representing Orumba north and Orumba South Federal House of Representative, Hon Ben Nwankwo has dispelled the rumour making round that he has dumped his party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).

Nwankwo, who was reacting to some media publications where he was quoted to have cross-carpeted to APGA, explained that he must exhaust his consultations with different political parties begging for his membership before he could think of dumping his party.

“I am sure that you know the procedures through which a parliamentarian can defect to another political party. It is not like defection of ordinary person. Any parliamentarian wishing to defect to another political party must first cross-carpet by writing to the Speaker or Senate President as the case may be. The Speaker has not received any correspondence from me to that effect.

“It is true that politicians and political parties are begging me to join them. This is because they know that there are some gold to be mined in me. APGA is one of those political parties. I have to commend them for their aggressiveness and eagerness with which they are approaching me.

“I have opened a door for them and other political parties to come in. They are discussing with my people. I would have no choice than to join any political party that is able to convince my people to join them. If it is APGA, I will pitch my interest with them if that is a political party where my people can find a comfort,” he added.

On allegation that he was eyeing APGA in order to fly the party’s flag for Anambra South Senatorial seat on 2019, Nwankwo said it was wrong for people to make such speculations as he remained the most qualified person for the office if he decides to vie for it having served as House of Representative member under PDP for third term.

“I don’t need to negotiate with any political party to aspire to any political office in my zone. I have the wherewithal and qualifications to attend the position if I want to. APGA has not discussed with me on that. It is a mere speculation from people. But politics is all about tomorrow. My 2019 is in the hands of God,” he noted.

On Anambra November 18 governorship election, the lawmaker charged his people from Old Aguata Union, a bloc comprising Orumba north, Orumba South and Aguata local government areas to be “united and make a difference together”. 



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