By Enyim Enyim
ONITSHA — Former Labour Party candidate in the February 6 governorship election in Anambra State, Dr. Andy Uba, has defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He also declared his intention to run for Anambra South Senatorial Zone election in April 2011.
Uba, who spoke to reporters through the leader of his Igwebuike Forum, Prince Ebere Ezechukwu, said his decision was informed by his burning desire and commitment to bring about good governance in the state.
He said he would bring his wealth of experience in politics, national and international connections to bear to ensure that the poverty level of the people was alleviated, if elected to the Senate.
The former domestic aide to former President Olusegun Obasanjo expressed optimism that come April 2, he would sweep the poll, given the strong political structures he had built over the years in the seven local government areas that make up Anambra South Senatorial Zone.
It was jubilation galore at Anambra State House of Assembly when the 26 PDP lawmakers loyal to him heard the news that their political godfather had returned to the PDP fold and had declared for the Senate.
The lawmakers, who are members of the Igwebuike Forum, abandoned their sitting and converged on Ezechukwu’s Aroma office in Awka to celebrate the return of their leader.
Ezechukwu, who represents Aguata 11 constituency, told reporters that Uba’s family had been instrumental to the electoral fortunes of the PDP in Anambra State over the years and needed the support of the people in the election.
Also speaking, the lawmaker representing Aguata 1 constituency, Chief Tim Egboka, said the time had come for the people of the state and politicians who had benefitted from Uba’s family to pay them back by supporting his ambition.
He said no politician in the PDP, past and present, had won any election without the support of Uba’s family and urged them to rally round him