By Vincent Ujumadu
AWKA—ANAMBRA State leader of Progressive Peoples Alliance, PPA, who was the party’s governorship candidate in last year’s election in the state, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, has dumped the party and defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Ezeemo however said he gave a conditional nod to join the party when Anambra State officials of PDP led by its state chairman, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu visited him at Umuchu, his home town.
Ezeemo said he took the decision because he had seen over the years that Nigerian electorate were still moved by big names, instead of political ideology of parties.
According to him, the consent towards joining PDP was conditional because he could not fully go into PDP if his followers in PPA were not taken care of.
He said: “We are only interested in big names here and not in the material that is vying for any post. I have tried for a long time to convince them that coming from a smaller party would even give me better opportunity to work, but they seem not to understand. So, I had to oblige them.”
Speaking on the issue of having to scale the hurdle of primaries in the course of pursuing his gubernatorial ambition under PDP, Ezeemo said: “There must be primary elections in any party if we want internal party democratic process to take its course, so I embrace it.”