No fewer than 1000 members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance APGA have defected to the People’s Democratic Party, ahead of the November 6 Governorship election in Anambra state.
Their defection was to support the flagbearer of PDP, Dr Val Ozigbo, who continues to consolidate his position as the front runner in the 2021 governorship race.
The epoch-making event, which took place over the weekend, at the Ozigbo Vanguard office in Awka, is the latest in a series of similar developments after thousands of APGA members joined the PDP in Orumba and Dunukofia.
Comrade Okpara Ferguson Ogbonnaya, an Executive Assistant to Governor Willie Obiano on Youth Affairs, who led the APGA defectors, said they decided to join the PDP because of the undemocratic nature of APGA.
Comrade Ogbonnaya, who is also the immediate past National Youth Leader of APGA, said they chose to throw their weight behind Ozigbo and his running mate, Mrs Azuka Enemo, because the pair possesses the perfect skill set needed to liberate Ndi Anambra from APGA’s retrogressive government.
“Our decision to make this endorsement public today is symbolic because as we speak, APGA is flagging off their campaign at Ekwueme Square,” Comrade Ogbonnaya said.
“The truth is clear to see. APGA has lost its way, and it is time for us to refocus and put Anambra back on the path of greatness. Go around Anambra, and there’s nothing that shows that a government exists in the state.
“In Valentine Ozigbo and Azuka Enemo, Ndi Anambra have a perfect combination of youth and experience, private and public sector administration, male and female.
“I assure you that in the coming days, we will swing into action and mobilise our political family for this project. Anambra deserves the best, and we must all play our parts in ensuring that Anambra blossoms again,” Ogbonnaya said.
While welcoming the new PDP members, Valentine Ozigbo congratulated them for choosing the voice of reason over sentiment.
Ozigbo, who is the immediate past President and Group CEO of Transcorp Plc, said he has travelled all around the state and has first-hand experience of the ineffectiveness of the APGA government.
“Ndi Anambra are tired. They are tired of the neglect, impunity, and corruption of APGA. They have had enough, and they are yearning for a paradigm shift,” Ozigbo remarked.
“I am in this race for altruistic reasons. I am dissatisfied with the status quo and inspired to lead my people to greatness. I assure you that the people of Anambra will feel the impact of government when we get into office.
“I applaud you for taking this bold step, for identifying with progress and aligning with the new Anambra. For the past few weeks, we have welcomed thousands of APGA members to our fold, and this points to the level of decay.
“In the coming weeks, we expect to welcome more high-profile members of other parties who have chosen to join the PDP – party that will liberate our people,” Ozigbo, a respected business leader and philanthropist, added.
Several PDP leaders, directors of the PDP Governorship Campaign Organisation, and supporters witnessed the event, including Mrs Azuka Enemo, the PDP Deputy Governorship Candidate; Chief Okey Muo Aroh, a member of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC); and members of Ozigbo Vanguard, a prominent Ozigbo support group led by its convener, Sir Izuchukwu Oraelosi.
In August, Hon Romanus Obi, a former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, led thousands of APGA members in Oruma North and Orumba South Local Government Areas to the PDP.
On September 12, 2021, another former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly, Barr Chike Achike-Onua and over three thousand APGA members dumped APGA for the PDP, pledging their support for Ozigbo and Enemo.
Ozigbo’s candidacy has continued to receive acceptance from all quarters, including political stakeholders, the business community, the clergy, women groups, market leaders and the grassroots. According to analysts, Ozigbo is the overwhelming favourite to win the governorship election scheduled for November 6, 2021.