- The ex-deputy speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly, Onyekanma, said he has not defected to APC
- Onyekanma said he only resigned his position as the deputy speaker
- The Imo state House of Assembly has been witnessing defections from the PDP to the APC following Ihedioha's ouster
The former deputy speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly, Okey Onyekanma, says he has not left his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He dismissed the news reports claiming that he has defected to the All Progressive Party (APC), just as he explained that he only resigned his position as the deputy speaker of the house.
Daily Sun reports that Onyekanma said he remains a PDP member despite his colleagues' defection.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the national leadership of the PDP said all the lawmakers of the Imo state House of Assembly who recently left the party had lost their seats.
The party said it received a report that some of the lawmakers, elected on the platform of the party, had decided to abdicate the mandate they hold on behalf of the people and join the APC.
The PDP added that the lawmakers decided to dump the party for their selfish reasons adding that their action is unpatriotic and an unpardonable betrayal of the people of their respective constituencies who chose and identified with the ideal and visions of the party as the platform for their representation.
In other news, Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo state has made a huge sacrifice in order for his administration to be able to pay salaries and pensions as and when due.
The governor, through his spokesman, announced on Tuesday, January 28, that he forfeit his security votes to ensure workers in the state are adequately taken care of.
Uzodinma's decision was reportedly necessitated by the financial limitations of the state.
The Imo state governor also revealed his plans to address the electricity problem in the state by building power and petrochemical plants.
For more reality-based decisions, Uzodinma said he would review the 2020 budget passed by his predecessor.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a day after the Supreme Court upturned the election victory of former governor Ihedioha, some principal lawmakers of the PDP made moves to reach out to Governor Uzodinma.
It was reported that there were reports that the PDP lawmakers in the state House of Assembly were trying to switch their loyalty to Uzodinma in order to secure favours from him.
Many Nigerians have condemned the actions of the lawmakers, claiming indiscriminate defections from one party to the other shows lack of guiding principles and ideologies among the politicians.
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