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Defections: APC displaces PDP as main opposition in Abia

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The Peoples Democratic Social gathering, PDP, is quick shedding steam as the primary opposition occasion in Abia State.

That is as extra chieftains of the umbrella occasion jumped ship en mass inside the previous few days, whereas the occasion secretariat remained underneath lock for 4 months.

Within the final depend, greater than 90 high pictures of the PDP have give up their former house, with most of them declaring for the All Progressive Congress, APC, and others making ready to enter the ruling Labour Social gathering, LP.

Earlier than the victory of Governor Alex Otti of LP in 2023, PDP had dominated Abia State for 22 years, making the occasion essentially the most snug place for profession politicians to thrive.

Nevertheless, the large loss suffered by the PDP within the 2023 election created a tremor within the basis of the occasion, with lots of the massive wigs requiring a secure floor to function on.

And essentially the most appropriate floor for the politicians appears to be the APC, which is the nationwide ruling occasion.

Among the many chieftains which have left the PDP is the instant previous speaker of the Abia State Home of Meeting, Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, who has joined the APC.

The previous Speaker, who’s fashionable for his grassroots mobilization, give up the umbrella occasion in a letter he addressed to the PDP Chairman of City Ward 1, Umuahia North LGA.

Other than the previous Speaker, the Deputy Governorship candidate of the PDP within the 2023 election, Chidiebube Uche Jasper additionally dumped the occasion.

Different PDP chieftains which have left are Ike Anyatonwu, former native authorities chairman of Isiala Ngwa South, who was additionally a former Commissioner, Eugene Eze Job, a chieftain of Nationwide Union of Street Transport Employees (NURTW), Chima Agbaeze, instant previous govt Chairman of Isuikwuato LGA, Chris Nwagboso, Uchenna Jumbo, Uloma Nwogu, Temple Anyatonwu, Chidiebere Uwagwu, Jasper Awah, Emeka Elias, Chidiebere Kanu Eze Okwulehie, Ngozi Oji, Cosmus Ndukwe, Jerry Uzosike to say however a number of.

A month earlier, Professor Anthony Agbazuere, who was the previous Chief of Employees to the previous Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, and Eze Chikanmayo, a former Commissioner and one of many chief strategists for Ikpeazu, had joined the APC, to the chagrin of many pro-Ikpeazu lovers.

However whereas a lot of the PDP males are heading to the APC, some others are eying a spot within the LP.

Many members of Abia State Home of Meeting, who’re of PDP extraction, are additionally warming as much as be part of both the LP or APC, in accordance with a dependable supply within the Abia parliament.

An impeccable supply from the APC advised DAILY POST that the occasion was positioning itself to take Abia to the centre and to grow to be a significant challenger to Governor Alex Otti in 2027.

The supply denied the claims that the PDP chieftains had been becoming a member of the APC to get safety from potential probe.

In line with the supply, “a coalition between the previous APC members and the arrival of the big PDP household will construct a formidable APC that may take over Abia State in 2027.”

To offer credence to this plan, a former native authorities chairman of Arochukwu LGA, Chibuike Jonas this week, boasted that his occasion will take over the Abia State authorities home in 2027.

In line with Jonas, Governor Alex Otti ought to return to APC with a purpose to take a greater place, earlier than it turns into late.

Can APC handle the brand new giant household?

From the 2015 election season until date, APC has by no means lacked the personalities to win elections in Abia. Sadly, lack of unity has remained its greatest setback.

Although the occasion has managed to win Abia North Senatorial zone and some legislative positions within the state, it has not been in a position to win its most desired trophy- Abia state authorities home.

This example has at all times been blamed on alleged sabotage, courtroom circumstances, alleged imposition of candidates, intimidation of members, alleged embezzlement of funds, amongst others claims.

The above causes contributed to its dismal efficiency in 2023, the place it solely gained one Senate seat, one Home of Representatives seat and one state home of Meeting seat.

We’re nonetheless robust – PDP

Regardless of the continued mass exit of its members, the PDP in Abia State has maintained that it will not collapse.

This place was made identified by the Deputy Chairman of PDP/performing Publicity Secretary, Abraham Amah.

Amah, who’s a strongman of PDP, whereas reacting to the continuing exodus, asserted that “the PDP is present process a self-cleansing train the place those that contributed to the failure of the occasion in 2023, are leaving the occasion voluntarily.”

He identified that his occasion would come out stronger after the mass exit of the PDP members.

In line with Amah, whereas the PDP members had been exiting, the umbrella occasion has additionally been receiving notices from many members who’re interested by becoming a member of the occasion.

He mentioned that such names would grow to be public data quickly.

I’m not perturbed- Otti

In the meantime, whereas addressing Abia individuals throughout his month-to-month media interplay on the authorities home, Umuahia, Governor Alex Otti declared that he was not nervous by the spate of defections rocking the opposition events within the state.

He famous that there was nothing to fret about and expressed the boldness that the LP household was very intact, fashionable and stronger.

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