By Ugochukwu Alaribe
ABA—OVER 3,500 members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Obingwa Local Government Area of Abia State have dumped the party for the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.
Suspected hoodlums had last week stopped APGA from holding a rally to receive the former PDP members at the National Institute for Nigerian Languages, NINLAN, Umuokahia, Obingwa council area,
Leader of the former PDP members, Hon. Maduka Akpulonu, who accused his former party of making efforts to stop them from defecting to APGA, said they decided to dump the PDP because the party has failed to provide purposeful governance to the people of the state.
He welcomed the governorship aspirant of the party, Dr. Alex Otti and other leaders of the party to the area and urged him to extend his campaign tour to all the 11 wards of the council.
“We apologize for the botched rally last week. Our defection has shaken PDP to its foundation in Obingwa. They frustrated our efforts to dump PDP. The party won’t do anything for the people and won’t allow them to leave for a better one. APGA will win majority wards in Obingwa in 2019. There is no going back. We will take APGA and Dr. Alex Otti to other areas of Obingwa.”
Receiving the former PDP members, Abia State chairman, APGA, Rev. Augustine Ehiemere, stated that the people of Obingwa council area have nothing to show for producing the governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, adding that the council has the worst network of roads.
He commended the former PDP members for their courage to dump the PDP and assured of a level playing field for all members and noted that their defection to APGA marks APGA’s victory in the 2019 general elections.
Earlier, the governorship aspirant of the party, Dr. Alex Otti, urged the people to support APGA, stressing that the party is set for a total transformation of the state from bad governance by the PDP.
He vowed that Abia will be rescued from those he described as ‘blood sucking godfathers and council of elders’ in 2019.