Some influential members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in Abia state have on Thursday, dumped the party for the ruling APC with an assurance to help the party gain power in the 2023 governorship election.
Former PDP stalwarts are, Arc Anagha Mba, Dr. Blessing Nwagba, Chief Silvanus Nwaji, and Chibuike Nwokoukwu. Receiving them at the secretariat of the party in Umuahia, the state capital, Abia state chairman of APC, Honourable Donatus Nwankpa thanked them for seeing the future APC represents in the state.
He assured them that they will be treated equally with existing members of the party, urging faithful not to discriminate against the new decampees. The chairman while urging them to contribute meaningfully assured them that the party in the state is not factionalised.
Recalls that this development is coming barely two weeks after reports emerged that state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu may be dumping the PDP for the APC.
The PDP has been engulfed in an internal crisis for months now as 3 governors namely, Ben Ayade of Cross River state, David Umahi of Ebonyi state and Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state have all defected to the ruling party.
Meanwhile, some of the suspended lawmakers of Imo State House of Assembly have challenged the speaker, Paul Emeziem, to establish facts and reasons for their suspension.
The member representing Owerri-north state constituency, Philips Ejiogu, who spoke on a radio program (Ozisa FM) in Owerri said, he was waiting to hear from the speaker what prompted his decision to suspend him.
Ejiogu who is of PDP extraction further challenged the speaker to explain more on what he meant by ‘unparliamentary conduct’ exhibited by some of them who were suspended.
He said “if I tell you that I’m not confused, I’m telling a lie. I didn’t know if I will laugh or get angry when I heard that I was suspended alongside six other members of the Assembly.