The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday lost its top leaders in Enugu State to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The defectors are Senator Jim Nwobodo, who was the first executive governor of old Anambra State, Senator Fidelis Okoro, who was a senator between 1999 and 2007.
The duo declared for APC at a stakeholders meeting convened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Onyeama yesterday.
Nwobodo was recently named by embattled former National Security Adviser (NSA) Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd) among those who benefited from the multi-billion naira arms deal, being investigated by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), had denied any wrongdoing, saying that the N500 million released to him by the NSA was meant for PDP leaders in the South-East to drum support for the re-election of former President Goodluck Jonathan in the 2015 election.
Members and stakeholders of APC at the meeting were shocked when Chief Nwobodo and Senator Okolo, surfaced at the meeting.
The minister who was attending APC meeting in the state for the first time could not hide his surprise at the turn of events, as depicted in his speech.
As Nwobodo and Senator Okoro stormed into the meeting, some of the stakeholders who were angry said: “These are Dasukigate fugitives and food is ready politicians. Are they not those who collected money from Dasuki and allocated 14,175 votes to Buhari as against over 500,000 votes they allocated to former president, Dr Goodluck Jonathan?
“Is there no shame in the country again? They are shameless and the unfortunate thing is that they cannot win their wards. They will infect and contaminate the APC”.
Making his declaration speech, Nwobodo urged members of the APC in Enugu State not to be deterred by the electoral losses they have suffered in the state in the past.
His words: “You must always not lose. What matters is the ability to rise again. I must condemn our former party, PDP. I know we had problems. I told our former chairman, how come did we allow five governors to leave the party?
“I am not looking for a job. I am talking because I want peace. I want our people to be part of the Federal Government at the centre. I had a problem being an opposition governor. I am not coming into APC because I want anything. I want our people to reintegrate and have our own share of the Federal Government resources”.
Nwobodo recalled that while he was in PDP, his wife had always been an active member of the APC, just as he pointed out that the slogan “change” did not start now but started in 1983 when he was an opposition governor.
Similarly, barely a month after she was sacked by an Appeal Court sitting in Enugu as senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District in the National Assembly, Uche Ekwunife has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ekwunife who has begun preparation for a fresh poll after her election was nullified last month, confirmed her defection from the PDP to newsmen in Awka, Anambra State capital.
She said: “It’s better now for me to join the APC.
“Let the heat be there; I am already on campaigns for my return to the senate, to complete my contract with the people of Anambra Central District,” she said.
She added that her goodies for her people under the APC would soon be made public.
With this development, Ekwunife may now likely replace Chris Ngige as the APC flag bearer in the March 2016 fresh election after the latter withdrew his candidacy following his appointment as minister of Labour and Productivity.
As at press time, work was going on at the campaign office along Enugu – Onitsha expressway with all the PDP flags being removed and replaced with that of APC, as well as the walls changed to APC colours.

 

-Sun Newspaper

18 COMMENTS

  1. Big shame on them, they are all fools. I am not a PDP supporter, defecting to APC wouldnt change them and make them good ppl all of a sudden after all they ruined PDP with there dodgy ideas, criminal mindedness, greed and evil nature. these are ppl that are suppose to sit down and re think of what they have done wrong and where they have gone wrong, review there policy, and begin to change and reprogram their ideologies, and start injecting fresh young and able blood into the party rather than running from the damage they cause the party, themselves and the country. jumping to the next party means PDP with a new name its still the same thieves, hooligans, criminal minded ppl, irresponsible men and women, senseless men and women, what will they bring to APC? nothing but another damage in a new style. Not that APC itself is a clean party if you ex-ray their foundation you will agree with that it is nothing to talk about.

  2. secondly Federal government set to probe all election violence across the country. in Abia here we all seen burning of obingwa one office and casket in our residing homes in Aba… more trouble are coming

  3. Please take your time and read this so that you will see and know that our politicians are just doing what they are doing for selfish interest.
    By your left hand is Chief Jim Nwobodo and these are the parties since his political career with the years:
    NPP=1978
    SDP=1983
    UNCP=1983
    GDM=1983
    PDP=1998
    UNPP=2003
    PDP=2007. Total party movement equals to (7).

    By your right is Uche Ekwunife:
    PDP=2007
    PPA=2010
    APGA=2014
    PDP=2015
    APC=2016. Total party movement equals to (5).

  4. Apc should be very mindful of politicians that betray their party at the least excuse. I want pdp to die as a party let us not foerget in a hurry that it was these decampess that ruin pdp. Apc beware

  5. Useless and selfish people.all of ur time will soon come to an end in Nigerian politics.where is ur morality?so u can’t stand as opposition and maintain ur ideology?

  6. That’s what i expect our political big wings in the east to do, the days of campaign are over, we had to fine the reality, pdp has failed and the best we had to do is to reality support for PMB so as to benefit from his government rather than allowing ourselves to be used by pdp to be distracting PMB. That’s my submission

  7. Same people going round the clock, go back to history on formation of political parties in Nigeria since 1922… none contd with one party till date.. party system is all about interest…

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