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Abia Witnesses Defection of Ikpeazu Loyalists and Others from PDP to APC



In a significant political development, loyalists of former Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, have officially switched alliances from the seemingly stagnant Peoples Democratic Party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Among those making the move are notable figures such as Anthony Agbazuere, former Chief of Staff to the ex-governor; Eze Chikamnayo, former Commissioner for Information and Strategy from Umunneochi; Chief Chimezie Okoronkwo, former Abia State representative in the Niger Delta Development Commission; Chief Eze Nwanganga, former Commissioner for Public Utilities; Chief Uzo Ihuka, former commissioner in the Abia State Oil Producing Area Development Commission; Chief Sam Nwogu, former Commissioner for Environment; and a former chairman of ASOPADEC.

This defection took place at an APC stakeholders’ meeting in Umunneochi ahead of a zonal caucus meeting scheduled for the following day. The meeting was led by Hon. Nkeiruka Onyejeocha, Minister of State for Labour and Employment, and Hon. Donatus Nwankpa, the National Welfare Secretary of the party.

The announcement of their departure from the PDP, which has sparked controversies within the opposition party in Abia State, occurred at the APC stakeholders’ session held at the minister’s residence in Isuochi, Abia State.

Other prominent defectors include Elder Godwin Nna, a staunch PDP member from Obingwa Local Government Area, and key PDP members from the 17 local government areas and three senatorial districts of the state.

Heightened controversy surrounded their move as it came shortly after an alleged Abia State PDP caucus meeting at the country home of Okezie Ikpeazu in Umuobiakwa, Obingwa. Speculations suggested that this gathering was part of a strategic plan by Ikpeazu and other PDP members to either regain power from the ruling Labour Party in the state or formally join the APC.

A source disclosed to South-East PUNCH, “While the camp of the former governor has remained silent on the mass defections from the PDP, some believe that Agbazuere and others shifting to the APC could pave the way for former Governor Ikpeazu’s anticipated move to the APC.”

However, Hon. Nwankpa, APC National Welfare Secretary, remarked in a telephone conversation, “The influx of PDP members into the APC signifies that residents of Abia are recognizing and embracing the APC as the alternative party to drive not just their political aspirations, but also to bring about the desired change that the state and its inhabitants are seeking.”

He added, “It is a political realignment and reintegration, part of the ongoing political revolution. Their entry will bolster the APC further. They have pledged to bring value and followership, expressing their eagerness to be part of the national framework. They believe they have much to contribute and view the APC as the party with solutions to Abia’s challenges. We are in the process of consolidation.”