- An APGA state lawmaker Ikem Uzozie defected to the All Progressives Congress
- Uzozie said he decided to join the APC to have a peace of mind, having been suspended by APGA
- The embattled lawmaker had been suspended alongside two others by APGA on allegations of anti-party activities
An All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) lawmaker representing Aguata 11, at the Anambra House of Assembly, Ikem Uzozie, has defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Uzozie, who announced his defection on the floor of the House on Tuesday, April 30, said: “Mr Speaker, I want to thank my colleagues in the House for their prayers and support while I was away for medical reasons.
“I want to also announce to you that I have left my former party, APGA, to a new party, the APC for reasons best known to me.”
It would be recalled that Uzozie emerged as factional speaker after the unsuccessful attempt by members to impeach the speaker Rita Maduagwu.
He was suspended alongside two others by APGA on allegations of anti-party activities and being the arrowhead of the crisis that rocked the Anambra House of Assembly last November.
Speaking to newsmen, the two-term member of the House said he left APGA to enjoy greater peace of mind as the party had refused to reverse his suspension of more than five months.
He said the party had been bedevilled by crisis and unjust alienation of core party men and he could not continue under such hostile environment.
“I have been on suspension, which they notified me in writing, and they have not reversed it at least in writing, so I have to continue my life in a more peaceful environment,” Uzozie said.
Uzozie’s defection has changed the composition of Anambra House of Assembly to 27 APGA members, two Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers; and one APC member.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that APGA will have fewer members in the next Anambra Assembly when it is inaugurated in May, as it won 24 seats and conceded six to the PDP in the March 23 election.
Meanwhile, the Anambra state assembly recently passed a bill to control excessive burial and funeral ceremonial activities.
The bill, which was passed on Wednesday, April 10, was sponsored by House member representing Anaocha 2 constituency, Honourable Charles Ezeani.
Legit.ng gathers that the bill was passed after it had been considered at the committee level of the House.
The bill seeks to curtail and cut down the cost of burial activities in the state and to prosecute offenders.
According to the bill, nobody shall deposit any corps at the mortuary or any other place beyond two months from the date of demise.
The bill, which states that burial ceremonies in the state shall be for one day, stipulates that during burial and funeral ceremonial activities, the family of the deceased shall provide entertainment for their kindred, relatives and other sympathisers at their own discretion.
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