No fewer than 1,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Abia State.
The decampees include former Minority leader of the state House of Assembly, Hon. Humphrey Azubuike; Major Gen. Ogbonna Okoro (rtd); former Transition Committee Chairman, Bende council, Hon Ben Kalu; former member of the State House of Assembly, Hon Chidi Nwosu and Chief Uche Akwukwaegbu.
The defectors were received by the state chairman of APC, Hon. Donatus Nwankpa, who expressed gladness at the number of eminent persons who had joined the party.
Speaking on behalf of other defectors at a stakeholders’ meeting in Umuahia, Akwukwaegbu said they decided to leave PDP for the APC because the party had failed Abia people.
According to Akwukwaegbu, “We sympathize with Abians, we regret being party to the mess they’ve been through particularly in the past 9 years and that is why we have come today to apologize to them.
“We believe in the masses and insist that the right things must be done. The immediate past government in the state was horrible and terrible; this present government should be independent of itself and work towards tidying up the arrears of workers salary.
“This is why we have abandoned PDP to join APC, the moving train. All of us have joined the APC with 1000 supporters from the PDP. With this, only the carcass of the PDP remains in Abia. In 2019, Abia will be delivered to the APC.”