- The former governorship candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Alex Otti has dumped the party for APC
- Otti contested as a governorship candidate on the platform of APGA in the 2015 and 2019 elections
- The ex-banker is reported to have joined the ruling party in Abia state along with many of his supporters
The membership of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has depleted as the Abia state governorship candidate, Dr. Alex Otti, dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Sun reports that Otti, APGA's governorship candidate in the 2015 and 2019 elections, left the party he financed in the past five years to join APC with his numerous supporters in Abia state.
It was learnt that the ex-banker wasn't the only member of APGA to dump the party. Chief David Ogba one of Otti’s political associate who contested for the Abia North senatorial zone seat in 2015 and 2019 had joined the ruling party.
Meanwhile, Chief Chris Nkwonta, who contested on the platform of APGA is also expected to join the APC just like Otti.
An APC chieftain in Abia who spoke on condition of anonymity confirmed that Otti had joined the ruling party, although his move has not yet been made public.
Speaking further, the party chieftain said if not for the coronavirus pandemic, the former APGA governorship candidate would have been received into the party back in April.
“APC Abia chapter had concluded plans to receive Alex Otti and his supporters into the party in the first week of April at the Umuahia Township stadium, but for the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, after this period of the coronavirus, we are going to formerly receive him and his supporters into APC at an elaborate reception,” the party chieftain said.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a former speaker of Imo state House of Assembly, Godfrey Dikeocha, has moved over to the APC.
Dikeocha, a former stalwart of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), formally announced his defection at his home in Ndigbo Uvuru, Aboh Mbaise local government area of Imo state, when leaders of APC visited him.
He said Buhari’s anti-corruption principles had made an impact in the country and informed his decision to join the APC.
In other news, one of the political parties deregistered by INEC, the United Progressive Party (UPP), announced the collapse of its structures nationwide into the ruling APC.
Chekwas Okorie, the former national chairman of the party on Thursday, February 20, said executives and stakeholders of the party took the decision during an extraordinary meeting at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
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