- The hosting of senator Orji Kalu by one of Governor Ikpeazu'z commissioners has continued to generate reactions
- Cosmos Ndukwe, the commissioner hosted Kalu who is a chieftain of APC in his country home, Abia
- Ndukwe, however, said that he committed any sin for hosting a leader of the opposition party in the state
The gale of defection rocking the southeast chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may soon hit the Abia state more as some of the party's chieftains have begun to romance leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the zone.
Leadership reports that the Abia state commissioner for trade and investment, Cosmos Ndukwe has said that he does not owe the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu and his party, the PDP any explanation for hosting Senator Kalu in his home.
Legit.ng gathered that Ndukwe stated this following the controversies and reactions that trailed the visit of the senator representing Abia North and a former governor of the state, Kalu to his (Ndukwe) Akanu Item country home.
The commissioner was said to have termed the visit a condolence one rather than a political one.
The deputy chairman of the state’s Bende local government council, Promise Uzoma Okoro was among those who have criticized the commissioner.
He said Ndukwe was a hypocrite to have lambasted the Abia Assembly speaker, Chinedum Orji for visiting the opposition party senator in the past.
The report noted that despite the calls for him to apologise to the speaker and others over his strong criticism of him (Chinedum) in the past, the commissioner said he owes no one any explanation including the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu and his party, the PDP.
According to the newspaper, a source privy to the development said Ndukwe boasted at a recent private gathering of friends and political associates that nothing can be done to him by any of the aforementioned, insisting, however, that he owes no one any apology or explanation for his actions.
The source reportedly said:
“Does being a commissioner foreclose one’s personal life and engagements? Everyone, including my boss, the governor knows that what transpired at my country home recently was a private, cum condolence visit and nothing more. Other PDP members, including the governor, have also attended private events hosted by the opposition why is my own different?”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the PDP was hit with defection again as 2,000 members in Aba North local government of Abia state on Thursday, January 7, joined the APC.
It was reported that the new defectors were received in Igbere by Senate Orji Kalu on behalf of the state chairman of the party, Chief Donatus Nwankpa and chairman of the caretaker committee of the APC, Governor Mai Buni.
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