- The chances of the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Andy Uba, to win the Anambra election became brighter on Friday, October 29
- One of the strong members of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chukwuma Umeoji, alongside his associates have dumped the party for the APC
- Uba had been tipped to win the governorship election based on the numbers of defectors from the APGA received by the APC in the last few weeks
FCT, Abuja - Willie Obiano of Anambra state might be the last governor of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) if the tide of defection from the party translates to actual votes on Saturday, November 6, for the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Andy Uba.
Legit.ng reports that the current member of the House of Representatives representing Aguata federal constituency of the state, Chukwuma Umeoji, has defected to the APC ahead of the governorship election in the state.
It was gathered that two members of the Anambra state House of Assembly and many other party supporters defected to the ruling APC alongside Umeoji.
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The APC national caretaker committee chairman and Yobe state governor, Mai Mala Buni, while receiving Umeoji with excitement, described him as the game-changer for the election.
He declared that with the latest development, APC was a lot surer of winning the governorship election in the state.
Buni, who personally received Umeoji to the party on Friday, October 29, promised him equal opportunities with other leading members of the ruling party.
“APC will stand for you and your supporters, and protect your political interests at all times. "You will enjoy every privilege enjoyed by every member of the party" the Chairman Caretaker committee assured.
APC will be fair to new entrants into the party
He urged the federal lawmaker and his supporters to work for the party’s success in the forthcoming Anambra governorship election.
"We expect you to be part of the success story in the coming Anambra election as our victory in the election is getting much more clearer every day."
He assured the people of Aguta federal constituency that the decision of their representative to carry them along into the Nigeria project will attract more federal presence to the constituency.
In his remarks, Umeoji, assured his loyalty, his political associates and the people of his constituency to the party.
"We shall contribute to the success awaiting the party in the Anambra election. We are part of the Nigeria project and will from now henceforth work and defend the interest of APC at all levels."
It was gathered that all the last-minute efforts made by the Anambra state governor, Willie Obiano, and the party’s governorship candidate, Prof. Charles Soludo, to stop Umeoji from leaving the party failed.
APGA has now lost its simple majority in the state House of Assembly and becomes a minority party in the state while APC has become the majority party in the Assembly.
Governor Obiano's deputy, Okeke adamant, says he won't resign
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that barely one week to the conduct of the Anambra governorship election, the state deputy governor, Nkem Okeke, explained what transpired between him and Governor Willie Obiano.
It was reported that Okeke said he would not resign from office despite his recent defection to the APC from the APGA.
Okeke, who visited his office at Government House, Awka, for the first time after his defection, said he would continue to hold office until March 17, 2022, when his joint ticket with Obiano would expire.