Friday, 3 February 2017

Over 5000 APC stalwarts, others defect to PDP

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By Okechukwu Onuegbu

At least five thousand members of All Progressives Congress (APC), Labour Party (LP), Progressives Peoples Alliance (PPA), and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Onitsha North Local Government area citing the state of health of President Muhammadu Buhari as reasons behind their cross-carpeting.

The ceremony which took place at the late Justice Balonwu’s compound in Woliwo Onitsha, witnessed a large turnout of PDP stalwarts across seven council areas of the Anambra North senatorial zone.

Addressing the crowd, the leader of PDP in Onitsha North LGA, Anene Oraegbunam, assured the decampees that the PDP was restructuring from the national to Ward level in order to accommodate all, and reclaim the national, state and local government powers.

Oraegbunam, who described as unfortunate the APC taking over power from them at the national level, said that reverse would be the case in Anambra as PDP would win the 2017 Anambra gubernatorial poll.

On his part, Chairman of the party in Anambra East LGA, Thompson Chikezie, said that PDP is a major political party in Nigeria that cannot be wiped away through intimidation, oppression and harassment.

On the 2017 governorship election, the legal practitioner enjoined members to close ranks and guard against selfishness and formation of mushroom groups whose interest would jeopardize their interest. 

Meanwhile, the people of Anambra North senatorial zone have been called upon to avoid money politics and work together to return to the Government House Awka in 2017.

The Chairman, Anambra North Unity Forum, Chief Slyvester Ohaemesi made the call in continuation of its sensitization campaign  tour at the Onitsha North LGA.

Chief Ohaemesi said that the policy trust of the Forum was to return a candidate of Anambra North senatorial extraction to Government House Awka as the governor of the State irrespective of his or her  political affiliation.

The sensitization programme attracted political stalwarts from various political parties from the towns and communities in the zone. He advised them to carry their campaign to their political parties, wards and local governments.

“We have been pleading with the Anambra South and Central to allow us complete our tenure since they have also been in power for 11 and 7 years each.”



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