26 lawmakers reportedly defect to APC in Imo state

26 lawmakers reportedly defect to APC in Imo state

- Twenty-six legislators in the Imo House of Assembly reportedly defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC)

- Chiji Collins, the speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly says all legislators in the House would soon become APC members

- The speaker notes that the lawmakers have unanimously agreed to work with Governor Hope Uzodinma to ensure the success of the state

The All Progressives Congress appears to have solidified its political grip on Imo state following reports that 26 legislators out of the 27 lawmakers in the state Assembly have already defected to the ruling party.

Chiji Collins, the speaker of the Imo state House of Assembly told APC supporters at a rally in the state on Saturday, February 1, said all legislators in the House would soon become APC members, The Nation reports.

He stated that the lawmakers have unanimously agreed to work with Governor Hope Uzodinma to ensure the success of the state.

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“As at last night, we have 26 lawmakers who have declared for APC, and by next week, I assure you that soon the 27 will all be for APC. Wait till the next plenary when all of them will officially defect," he said.

“We are ready to support the Governor because he is ready to turn this State around”

He told his listeners at the rally that the government of Uzodinma would transform the state in the next six months.

Meanwhile, the PDP has claimed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is working hard to prevent the Supreme Court from reviewing its judgment in the Imo state election dispute between the two parties' candidates.

In a statement released on Saturday, February 1, PDP accused the APC and its national chairman Adams Oshiomhole of trying to distort the facts as well as lobby the judiciary to block the review.

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The PDP said if found it worrisome that the national chairman of a political party would boast publicly of a daylight political robbery.

In a related report, 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).

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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.

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