Ex Gov Obi dumps APGA for PDP
A former Anambra State Governor, Mr. Peter Obi, on Tuesday dumped the All Progressives Grand Alliance for the Peoples Democratic Party.
Obi said he moved over to the PDP from the regionally-based APGA because he found the PDP to be a better platform to work for national development.
He said his new party would afford him a better opportunity to work with President Goodluck Jonathan, with whom he had aligned in his days as an APGA governor.
The defection was declared by Obi himself at a well celebrated ceremony at his Onitsha residence, where PDP bigwigs from the South-East and the entire country turned the place into a carnival, which was attended by heavy traffic in the commercial city for many hours.
“Nobody is more committed to President Goodluck Jonathan than me. So, I will work with him. I am going to work with the President. It is a question of working with the President wholeheartedly and not one leg in APGA and the other leg in PDP. There is the need for us to work together,” he declared.
Obi's supporters in the National Assembly had two months ago, defected to the PDP, while he resigned his chairmanship of the Board of Trustees of APGA.
On hand to receive Obi was the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekwerumadu; Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Mr. Emeka Ihedioha; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. Pius Anyim, and the Chairman of the South-East Governors' Forum, Governor Theodore Orji of Abia State.
Others were the Governor of Akwa-Ibom State, Chief Godswill Akpabio; a former Governor of Enugu State, Okwesilieze Nwodo; a former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara; Sen. Uche Chukwumerije, Emma Anosike, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Sen. Ben Obi, Sen. Igwe Paulinus, and the PDP Women Leader, Kema Chikwe, among others.
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