BY CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI — All Progressives Congress, APC, is currently facing serious exodus in Imo State, following the number of chieftains that had announced their intentions to return to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
At the last count, former governor of Imo State, Chief Achike Udenwa, Chief Mike Ahamba, SAN, Senator Ifeanyi Araraume, Chief Uju Madu, Chief Chukwudi Eze, a veteran journalist; Dr. Nnamdi Olebara and former speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Sir Noel Chukwukadibia, have declared their intention to unconditionally return to the PDP family.
While Chukwukadibia described their decision as “return of the natives,” Dr. Olebara told Vanguard that “it is sacrilegious for an orator to bear a dumb child.”
Dr. Olebara, who was a chieftain of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, and later APC, lamented that what they anticipated in going into the union with other parties had been bastardised by a few people.
“I have noticed lots of impunity and monumental fraud in the former party. Our collective dream in forging the merger had been systematically bastardised by a few individuals in APC,” Olebara said.
He wondered how APC would simply hand over the party to runaway governors from Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on the grounds that they would fund the party with state funds.
Majority of the defecting politicians, who spoke to Vanguard at various times, explained that they were returning to PDP to add value to the party and promote policies that would ensure that people were properly taken care of.