- A former governorship candidate of APGA, Alex Otti, has joined APC
- The party has lost some of its key members to APC in recent time
- Otti and his supported were formally received into APC on Friday, August 14
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The Abia state chapter of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has continued to lose its key members to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Nation reports that APC recorded a great influx of new entrants as the party continues to gain popularity in the state.
Legit.ng gathered that the APGA's governorship candidate, 2015 and 2019, Alex Otti, was formally received into the party by officials of the party at his ward 5, Nguru, Isiala Ngwa South local government and state levels respectively.
The former managing director/CEO of a defunct bank said he joined APC “with over 450, 000 of his followers.”
The newspaper reports that among those who moved over to APC with Otti on Friday, August 13, were his running mate, Uche Eme Uche, Chief David Ogba Onuoha (Bourdex), Chief Chris Nkwonta (both of who ran for Abia North and South senatorial districts election in 2019), Navy Command Mac Donald Uba (retd), former House of Assembly members and lots of others.
Speaking during his official declaration for APC at his Ehi na Uguru ward 5 in Isiala Ngwa South local government area, Otti said he and his followers did not leave APGA because they could not achieve their political desire, but to stand on a better platform “for the good of Abia.”
“It is on record also that we overwhelmingly won the governorship mandate of the state before PDP invaded the collation centre and brazenly stole the mandate, but we have put the whole incident and many ugly ones behind us,” he said.
Otti, who met with the Senate chief whip, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu, a week before his declaration, said prior to the 2019 election, his supporters and some leaders of APC had urged him to join APC, but that he did not find such a move expedient before now.
Receiving the former APGA governorship candidate into APC, state chairman of the party, Chief Donatus Nwankpa, expressed joy that Otti has, at last, joined the moving train.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a youth group affiliated within the APC called on a former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, and former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, to return to the party.
It was reported that the youths under the auspices of APC Youth Coalition for Effective Progress made the statement at a press conference in Kaduna state.
The group also called on Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state and Dino Melaye among other politicians that left the party to return.
In another report, Terkimbi Ikyange, former Benue state House of Assembly speaker, reportedly set for a sensational return to APC.
Comrade Abba Yaro, APC chairman in the state, made this disclosure and further added that the party would welcome both new and former members in time soon.
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