- More southeast People Democratic Party (PDP) chieftains are pitching their tents with the APC ahead of the 2023 election
- About three members of the opposition party joined the ruling party on Friday, July 9, in Abia state
- The defectors joined the ranks of the APC alongside a former guber candidate of the SDP in the state
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Abia - Top members of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia on Friday, July 9, announced their defection to the All Progress Congress (APC).
joining the defectors in the ruling party was a former governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Honourable Blessing Nwagba, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The trio promised the APC that they will work hard to ensure its victory in the 2023 gubernatorial poll in Abia.
On his part, the state chairman of the party, Donatus Nwankpa, expressed immense gratitude to the defectors for agreeing to make contributions to the APC's future in Abia.
APC opens defection talks with 3 other PDP governors
Meanwhile, the APC had allegedly commenced negotiating with three PDP governors with a view to winning them over to the ruling party.
Governor Mai Mala Buni-led national caretaker committee had begun talks with three PDP governors namely: Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, Ifeanyi Ugwanyi of Enugu state, Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa state.
A top-ranking member of the ruling party as confirming this also reported the defection talks. Legit.ng gathered that the source also stated the defection of Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state had already been perfected and finalised.
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The APC source said Governor Ikpeazu of Abia state would be the next to join the ruling party, adding that talks have reached an advanced stage.
He said the other two governors have also sent emissaries and talks are progressing. According to the unnamed source, the APC's recent membership registration/revalidation exercise was strategically extended to accommodate the PDP governors and their loyalists.
Source: Legit Nigeria