On the heals of the political shock waves sweeping through Anambra State political landscape after the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in the state, Senator Andy Uba received the much doubted political fatherly blessing of President Muhammadu Buhari, no fewer than six lawmakers in the Anambra State House of Assembly have been received in the APC.
The six decampees defected from the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The six lawmakers are: Hon. Nonso Okafor representing Nnewi North; Hon. Timothy Ifedioramma representing Njikoka 1; Hon. Cater D. N Umeoduagu representing Aguata 1; Hon. Lawrence Ezeudu representing Dumekofia; Hon. Arthur Chiekwu representing Idemmih North and Hon. Edward Ibuzo, representing Onisha North 2.
Receiving the APGA lawmakers at a brief event on Tuesday evening in Abuja, Chairman APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Governor Mai Mala Buni restated the party’s determination to win the Anambra governorship election, which informed the zeal in engaging critical stakeholders in Anambra State.
Buni said: “Mere looking at what is happening, especially now that so prominent and serving state lawmakers have started joining, the grassroots is moving and Anambra people are moving to the APC.”
The Chairman later presented the lawmakers with the APC flag at the end of a strategic meeting held behind closed doors.
The defected APGA lawmakers, who are expected to swell Senator Andy Uba and his party’s political base, described the APC as the preferred party and promised to mobilise support towards victory in the November 6 governorship polls.
Imo Governor and Chairman APC Anambra Governorship Election Council, Senator Hope Uzodinma, said the South East people have woken up and the region is committed to national politics and be part and parcel of Nigeria.
He also expressed confidence that APC is set to win the Anambra governorship election.
The brief ceremony held at Imo State Governors’s Lodge was attended by Governors of Lagos, Osun and Kogi as well as top members of the party in Anambra State.
The defection of the APGA lawmakers is projected to be the beginning of major defections from other political parties to the APC after Senators Joy Emordi and Stella Oduah joined the party recently.