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20 July, 2010

CRISIS IN PDP ANAMBRA STATE AS STATE LAWMAKER PLAN MASS EXODUS TO APGA



There is tension in the Anambra State House of Assemby as many members plan to decamp to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). Before two members of the House, Hon Chinwe Nwebili (Ogbaru I) and Hon Benson Nwawulu (Ogbaru II) defected to APGA last week, all the 30 members of the Assembly belonged to PDP. At a meeting held last week in Abuja, the PDP National Chairman, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo had appealed to the Anambra PDP stakeholders, including the legislators to show commitment to the party. That was when the party leadership got wind of the planned massed defection of the party supporters to APGA. Lawmakers told repoters that they intended to defect to APGA because of the crisis rocking the PDP in the state. Some of them also said that they could not abandon the governor who had just defected to the party because of the agreement they had with him to cooperate with his administration. ‘’Can you tell me now, even as a journalist, that you are happy with what is happening in PDP? So, I am interested in contesting and that is why I’m making every plan to see that I secure my seat," said a legislator at the weekend. The former governorship candidate of the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Hon Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, has also defected from the party to APGA. Her Media Adviser, Clems Aguiy, confirmed the defection, explaining the party is close to the heart of the people of Anambra State . Aguiyi further said that Ekwunife saw PDP as a sinking party, adding that politics in Anambra State had gone beyond individual interest. He said that on July30, Ekwunife would officially declare for the party at her country home, Agukwu Nri, Njikoka Local Government Area. Many Anambra lawmakers who spoke at the weekend, said that they would join APGA since the platform on which they rode to the House of Assembly had collapsed. Meanwhile, our reporter equally gathered that no fewer than four PDP members of the House of Representatives would soon follow the footsteps of Ekwunife.