Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has suffered fresh losses following the defection of about 1,000 of its members to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra.

The latest desertion of the recently dethroned ruling party took place in Awka on Thursday during the swearing-in of the newly elected members of APGA state executive committee.

One of the decampees, Mr Uchenna Umerie, a former state lawmaker attributed their decision to dump PDP for APGA on the excellent performances of Governor Willie Obiano so far, coupled with the protracted crisis that had bedeviled the Anambra State chapter of the PDP. He said that he could no longer cope with the protracted crisis in state chapter of the PDP.

Mr Tokas Ohazuluike, a PDP lawmaker in the state representing Ihiala constituency, said he and his supporters had no option than join hands with the APGA led administration to build the state.

Dr Victor Oye, APGA National chairman welcomed the defectors and promised a level playing ground for everybody.

He said that the formal swearing-in of the new leadership of the party was to give them legal backing to perform their function as contained in the party’s constitution.

In his remark Governor Willie Obiano described the event as ‘Pentecost’ and urged the new leadership to perform their duties with `boldness and conviction.’

He urged them to spread the message of unity and love to all members of the party and assured them of his support.

The governor said the `good work’ of his government would make the next election a walkover for APGA in Anambra State.

By Olisemeka Obeche


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