- Top APC leaders including Rochas Okorocha have been given the mandate to woo more governors and lawmakers from the southeast
- Mai Mala Buni-led APC leadership gave the mandate following Governor Dave Umahi's defection from the PDP
- Governors including Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) and Willy Obiano (Anambra) are being targeted by the APC
Following the defection of Governor Dave Umahi to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party is reportedly planning a massive raid on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in an attempt to lure some of its bigwigs in the southeast.
It would be recalled that after months of speculations and anxiety, Governor Umahi of Ebonyi state on Tuesday, November 17, officially left the PDP train in a development that has been generating controversial reactions.
According to a credible source, the APC leadership under the caretaker chairmanship of Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state has directed the party's members from the southeast to reach out to more governors and National Assembly members in the region.
And top men being targetted are Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu and Willy Obiano of Anambra state.
Legit.ng gathers that former Imo governor Rochas Okorocha and his successor, Hope Uzodinma, are the two APC members who have been given the mandate to ensure that more governors and lawmakers joined the ruling party.
The source said:
“For now, we are reaching out to the Anambra Ssate Governor, Willie Obiano, and the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, as well as their Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi."
Meanwhile, Chika Nwoba, spokesperson of the APC in Ebonyi, resigned from his position moments after Governor Umahi formally announced his defection to the party.
Nwoba, who is an APC chieftain in Ebonyi, said he is leaving his position because he cannot continue to work at the forefront with Umahi being the supreme leader of the party in the state after his defection.
In a statement on Monday, he expressed gratitude to the APC and its leaders for finding him worthy to be elected to the position in 2018, at the age of 27.
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