By CHIDI NKWOPARA
OWERRI—The Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, has said he had no plan to cross-carpet to All Progressives Congress, APC, or any other political party, being a founding member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Chief Ihedioha made his position known at a media and constituency briefing in his country home, Mbutu, Aboh Mbaise local council area of Imo State.
“It is impossible for me to abandon the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for any other political party. I am a foundation member of the PDP and worked very hard to build it,” Ihedioha said.
The deputy speaker made it clear that he has contributed immensely to the sustenance of the party in his constituency and the South East geo-political zone.
He expressed regret that some detractors had continued to spread rumour of his alleged plan to defect to the opposition camp, and called on Imo people to avoid activities and statements that could heat up the polity.
Addressing Aboh Mbaise and Ngor Okpala people, Chief Ihedioha declared that as a federal legislator, he had initiated and completed more projects than any other representative the state ccould boast of.
The lawmaker explained that he had passionate desire to alleviate the sufferings of the masses, as well as develop his constituency and Imo State at large.
“Apart from initiating and completing roads, electricity and water projects in Mbaise and Ngor Okpala federal constituency, I have provided jobs for 196 youths, with varying certificates from National Diploma to doctorate degrees,” Ihedioha said.
Responding to his address, former state PDP chairman, Dr. Alex Obi, emphasized that Chief Ihedioha’s giant strides in human capital and community development was intimidating.
He appealed to Imo people to continue to give him the support he needed now, pointing out that he would do more, if given the backing in the days ahead.