By Vincent Ujumadu, Awka
THE major political parties in Agulu, the home town of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Mr Peter Obi in Anaocha local government area of Anambra State, have collapsed their structures into LP ahead of the February 25 general elections.
At a town hall meeting attended by the entire 20 villages in the community, the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the All Progressives Congress, APC, and All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the area defected to the Labour Party.
Those who defected to LP include the PDP local government chairman in Anaocha, Mr. Ifeanyi Orji, secretary of APC in Anaocha, Mr Ezeabi Raymond Nonso, PDP chairman in Peter Obi’s Agulu Ward 2, Mr. Charlie Chukwudebeku, former chairman of APGA Ward 4, Agulu, Chief Elias Abana and all their supporters.
In their separate speeches, those who defected said they would not want to be working against the interest of most Nigerians who are clamouring that Peter Obi should be the next president of Nigeria.
They said that with their defection, their former parties have become ineffective in all the communities in the local government.
The traditional ruler of Agulu, Igwe Innocent Obodoako, who also announced the official endorsement of the LP presidential candidate and other candidates of the party by Agulu community, urged his subjects not to listen to other people who might be coming to Agulu to campaign.
The Royal Father said: “We dedicate Peter Obi and all the LP candidates to God. They are all good candidates who will represent us well and they will all be giving Peter Obi the much needed support to pilot the affairs of the country well.
“It is God brought out Peter Obi, which is why he has so much support from across the country.
“We know our son and we are not surprised at the impact he is making in the presidential race and by the grace of God, he will be elected the next president of Nigeria.
“We therefore need everybody’s support to enable him reach the desired destination”.
Former President General of Agulu,
Chief Paulinus Aniagbaoso said the meeting marked the collapse of other political parties in Agulu, adding that the emphasis henceforth is door to door campaign for Peter Obi in all the 20 villages in the community.
He said that it is only those who do not mean well for Nigeria that are opposed to Peter Obi, who he described as the best presidential candidate for the forthcoming election.
Among LP candidates that attended the meeting was the senatorial candidate for Anambra Central, Senator Victor Umeh, along with LP House of Representatives and House of Assembly candidates.
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