- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lost eight members of the Imo state House of Assembly to APC
- Governor Hope Uzodinma was sworn-in as the authentic governor of the state after sacking of Emeka Ihedioha by the Supreme Court
- One of the defectors, Uche Ogbuagu, said that his defection was hinged on the unfair treatment meted on him by the PDP
In a gale of defection that followed the declaration of Hope Uzodinma of All Progressives Congress (APC) as the authentic governor of Imo state, eight members of the state House of Assembly, including the speaker, have dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the ruling party.
PM News reports that the speaker announced his defection and that of his colleagues during a plenary on Tuesday, January 28.
Legit.ng gathered that the plenary, which lasted for 15 minutes, came to an end after the speaker announced the names of the defecting lawmakers.
Apart from the speaker, others who defected include Uche Ogbuagu (Ikeduru), Dominic Ezerioha (Oru West) Chigozie Nwaneri(Oru East), Kanayo Onyemaechi (Owerri West), Kennedy Ibe (Obowo) Onyemaechi Njoku (Ihitte/Uboma), and Eddy Obinna (Aboh Mbaise).
Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma
The ruling APC now has 18 lawmakers with PDP having eight members after the defection.
One of the defectors, Ogbuagu, in a letter sent to the speaker, announced his decision to switch his party affiliation to the APC.
He said his decision was precipitated by the “unfair” treatment he got in PDP, adding that his party switch was in the interest of his constituency.
Ogbuagu, who is the southeast’s pioneer tele-comedian, built his political reputation as a critic of former governor Rochas Okorocha.
The reports revealed that he is the owner of My Radio FM Owerri and Real FM Aba.
Uzodinma was sworn-in on Wednesday, January 15, an event that triggered the shifts in the House of Assembly.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a day after the Supreme Court upturned the election victory of former governor Ihedioha, some principal lawmakers of the PDP made moves to reach out to Governor Uzodinma.
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It was reported that there were reports that the PDP lawmakers in the state House of Assembly were trying to switch their loyalty to Uzodinma in order to secure favours from him.
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