By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka — MORE facts emerged, yesterday, on the recent defection of four members of the House of Representatives elected on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, with the national chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh accusing the immediate past governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, of instigating the action.
Addressing reporters at Aguleri, the home-town of Governor Willie Obiano, Umeh said the former governor was the architect of the defection.
“The plot of the defection was hatched by Obi and his associates,” he stated, adding that “part of the group’s game-plan was to go to the Presidency to say that APGA was not supporting Jonathan, which is not true,” he said.
He described those who decamped from APGA as election ticket hunters, noting that whenever they did not get what they wanted from a party, they began to curse that party, and urged them to leave APGA alone.
According to him, “APGA is supporting Jonathan 100 per cent and has even set up a Non-Governmental Organisation, NGO, called ‘Join Jonathan Journey, JJJ, which will be launched in Awka next Wednesday.”
He also said the reason given by Obi for resigning as the chairman of the Board of Trustees, BoT, of APGA was due to the new appointment he got from Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah as the South East coordinator of Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN.
According to the APGA chairman, APGA had wanted to inaugurate Obi as a BoT chairman before leaving office as governor and that the party asked him to provide a budget for the special convention to that effect.
Umeh regretted that the former governor dilly-dallied, apparently because he had made up his mind not to accept the role.
Umeh said: “With all our hearts, we wanted to make him the APGA BoT chairman and leader of our party, but the issue was that because of the leadership crisis experienced in the party then, he thought that my leadership had come to an end and there was therefore no need to deal with us.”