About 700 women from the All Progressive Congress, APC, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Ndume Ibeku, Umuahia North Local Government Area of Abia State, Thursday, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The defected women were led into the ruling PDP in the state by former Umuahia East constituency APC Woman Leader, Lady Charity Ekeleme.
Speaking on behalf of the decampees at Ohokobe Mbaocha Square, venue of the declaration ceremony, Lady Ekeleme said that APC has derailed in the service of humanity and the nation.
Ekeleme said that the progressive party has failed to address teething challenges bedeviling the country and lamented the current insecurity in the land and the nation’s economic downturn, occasioned by the incompetence of the APC government at all levels in Nigeria.
The Leader of APC defectors further stated that they were propelled to join the ruling PDP because of the excellent achievements of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, Senator Theodore Orji and the Speaker, Rt. Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, which she said, were second to none.
Ekeleme said that with their defection to the Peoples Democratic Party, APC and APGA are buried and further disclosed that many hundreds of APC women will soon jump ship and pitch their tents with the ruling party in Abia state.
Welcoming the defected APC and APGA women, the PDP Chairman Ndume Ward, Mr. Chidozie Okpechi lauded them for their bold step in joining the party, assuring them that they will be carried along in the running affairs of the party.
The PDP Chairman warned them against anti-party activity and urged them to give their maximum support to the party and Governor Okezie Ikpeazu-led administration to continue his people’s oriented works.
On his part, a prominent chieftain of the PDP from Ndume Umuahia Ibeku, Sir Innocent Nwachukwu felicitated with the decampees for their courage to align with PDP, which according to him, has exhibited exemplary leadership.
Nwachukwu said, “It is with great elation that I have received the news of your decision to join our great party, PDP. Your decisions are in the right direction owing to what Ndume people have benefited from the government and what they stand to benefit being the ward housing Abia new government house”.