18 Imo APC, PDP Lawmakers Defect To AA
18 Imo APC, PDP Lawmakers Defect To AA – About 15 lawmakers from the All Progressives Congress (APC), and three from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State House of Assembly, have defected to the Action Alliance (AA).
The Speaker of the House, Acho Ihim, disclosed this during an emergency session of the house in Owerri.
Ihim, who unveiled the move in a letter he read on the floor of the assembly, said however, that they would support President Muhammadu Buhari in his re-election bid.
He cited “injustice, impunity, abuse of rule of the law,” as the reasons they defected.
Deputy speaker, Ugonna Ozuruigbo, and five earlier suspended members who the court later reinstated did not however, defect.
It was learnt that the defectors pitched tent with Governor Rochas Okorocha’s son -in- law, Uche Nwosu, who recently defected from the APC to the AA, picking the speaker as his running mate.
Earlier in the week, Publicity Secretary of the APC in the state, Onwuasonya F. C. C. Jones, had resigned to join the AA, becoming the media and publicity director of Nwosu.
Among the lawmakers who defected were, Ikechukwu Amuka (Ideato South), Arthur Egwim (Ideato North), Obinna Egu (Ngor Okpala), Uche Ejiogu (Ihitte Uboama), Chinedu Offor (Onuimo), Uju Onwudiwe (Njaba) and Lugard Osuji (Owerri Municipal).
Others are Victor Onyewuchi (Owerri West), Kennedy Ibe (Obowo), Lawman Duruji (Ehime Mbano), Ngozie Obiefule (Isu), Henry Ezediaro (Oguta), Loyld Chukwuemeka (Owerri North), Chika Madumere (Nkwerre), and Marcel Odunze (Orlu).
The three PDP defectors were Mike Iheanetu (Aboh Mbaise), Ken Agbim (Ahiazu Mbaise) and Bruno Ukoha (Ezinihitte Mbaise).
Majority Leader of the House, Lugard Osuji, said: “Oshiomole has exhibited dirty attitude and greater injustices. He has been attacking leaders of the party and former president of this country.”
Reacting on the defection, the state Chairman of the APC, Daniel Nwafor, regretted the action of the lawmakers, decrying that it might affect the party. He, however, disclosed that the party would restrategize.
Another lawmaker, Ikechukwu Amuka, averred that the decision followed the roles of Oshiomhole in the party primaries in the state, which he said was unacceptable.
He said: “With the experience in Imo, since the emergence of Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of APC, I feel ashamed to be associated with the party.