ONITSHA – Some members of the All Progressive Grand Alliance(APGA) led by a governorship aspirant, Emeka Etiaba weekend, defected to the Progressive Peoples Alliance(PPA).
The APGA members, numbering about 19,783, who thronged the St. Andrew Anglican Communion, Nnewi, venue of the event on Saturday for their formal declaration alongside their governorship aspirant, said their decision followed the unending intra-party crisis in APGA both at the state and national levels.
Speaking on the occasion, Etiaba said he decided to move his supporters from APGA because it had lost the spirit upon which it was founded and accepted as a party that would make the Igbo man realise his identity and rightful position in the country.
Besides, he said APGA had thrown to the winds the tenets of democracy by refusing to conduct primaries for its governorship aspirants, saying that the party had already endorsed a preferred candidate for the 2010 governorship poll in Anambra state.
â€œOur vision of the Next Level is a new one. It is nothing close to what has been witnessed in the state. It is a vision of abundance, sincerity, prudence, hardwork and collective ownership of the state. This vision will impart on security, primary and secondary education, healthcare, agriculture, roads, transportation among othersâ€, he said.
He said he was not in PPA because he will be given automatic ticket for the governorship election, saying that he was prepared to go into a free and fair primaries with other aspirants in the party.
â€œI want to say that the same spirit APGA was formed was the same spirit PPA was formed, that is with the Igbo spirit and we shall sweep the poll come 2010 electionâ€.
Accepting the APGA members into their fold, the state chairman of PPA, Chief Frank Igboka,Â praised them for leaving what he described as a dead party to join the only party to beat in the 2010 governorship poll.