By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHAâ€”Former transition caretaker committee chairmen of local governments in Anambra State led by Sir Michael Okoye, who were appointed by Governor Peter Obi have defected to the Action Congress, AC, alongside more than 500 members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA to support Dr Chris Ngige for the 2010 governorship poll.
Also, 300 members of the Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, from Ihiala as well as 15 local government chairmen of the party joined AC at a grand occasion held at the Ngige Campaign Organisation office, Awka, where they surrendered their party membership cards to the AC flagbearer.
Speaking at the occasion, Okoye said they decided to defect to AC to support Nigige because Obi refused to carry them along in the scheme of things after they supported him to win as Governor of the state.
According to him, the worrisome aspect was Obiâ€™s refusal to pay them their salaries and allowances while in office as chairmen, adding that they had to institute a legal suit against the Governor to pay them. The suit, he said is still pending in court.
â€œWe decided to leave APGA because Obi does not recognise or carry those of us who suffered with him along.Â We have decided to join a party where true democracy is practised,â€ he said.