Former Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Maxwell Duru and former House of Representatives member for Okigwe North, Patrick Ndubueze have defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to join the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state
Also defected to APC from PDP were the former majority leader in the state House of Assembly, Stanford Onyirimba, and another former state lawmaker, Hon. Kingsley Dimaku.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after their grand reception into APC, held in Ehime Mbano council area of the state on Tuesday they respectively attributed their decision to the excellent performance of Governor Hope Uzodinma so far in the state.
The former PDP chieftains vowed to support the party achieve its goals and objectives in the state and beyond.
Ndubueze said, “seeing the marvelous works Governor Uzodinma is doing in the state, I asked all my followers, in fact most these people you see here today registering into APC are all members of my campaign organization, the Divine Project Group. I have to encourage them to move over to APC because I have decided to do so after speaking with His Excellency about it.
“And my mission of joining APC is to be sure that PDP is collapsed in Imo State, starting with Okigwe zone. And I am sure it will happen because I have the capacity and the capability.”
Also in Onyirimba words, “I have been in PDP for the past 22 years and I have been on all the leadership positions of the party. But after the critical analysis of the one year programme of the governor, vis sa vis what past governors have done, I felt so happy to join APC because for me as a politician, what I require is the goodness of my people and not the platform.”
Dimaku added, “when you see people like us joining APC, that will tell you that APC has come to stay. We are the people that makes things to happen. We are the people that made PDP. So we have come and we have joined APC and we believe on what APC can do.”
Receiving the new entrants at the event alongside other top APC leaders, the state Speaker, Rt. Hon. Emeziem, who doubles as the Technical Committee Chairman of the ongoing nationwide APC Membership Registration and Revalidation exercise in the state, expressed satisfaction with the massive turnout of the opposition members joining the party.