About 50 members and supporters of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Nkporo, Ohafia local government area of Abia state.
Nkporo clan is the hometown of the Abia Deputy Governor, Ude Oko Chukwu.
Speaking at Agbaja village square while declaring for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the state, the Secretary APC Nkporo Political Stakeholders Forum and the leader of the defectors, Mr Emeka Okoro, said they decided to join hands with the PDP because of the good works of the state governor and to support the re-election of their son who they said has done so much for his people.
He said, “It will be recalled that in 2015, we voted against PDP. But today, we have decided to join the ruling party, because we have seen the light.
“We are seeing the people-oriented projects of the state governor, scattered in all the parts of the state. We are assuring you that come 2019 election, we will collectively ensure Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu, and his Deputy, are returned back to Government house.
“We also want to use this opportunity to tell the opposition APC and APGA, that there is no vacancy in the Abia government house come 2019”.
Earlier in his speech, the state Deputy Governor, Ude Oko Chukwu, thanked them for coming back to the root, stating that their exit was as a result of certain unfortunate circumstance but expressed gladness that they are now seeing the good works of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu and hence their decision to come back and support him and their son, Chukwu.
He urged them to work seriously to ensure the victory of not only the governor and his deputy in the 2019 polls, but all PDP candidates in the race.
Receiving the defectors, the Ohafia local government PDP Chairman, Chief John Okocha thanked them for rejoining the state ruling party , and noted that Nkporo community and Agbaja in particular have remained a PDP strong base.
He urged them to work assiduously for the victory of their son, Sir Oko Chukwu, in next year’s election.