- The APC has lost one of its prominent members in Imo state, Obinna Okwara to the Peoples Democratic Party
- Defection pictures and video of the lawmaker were trending on social media platforms on Thursday, March 31
- Okwara said he rejoined the PDP, it is to enhance his 2023 political ambition, adding that he is a founding member of the opposition
Obinna Okwara, a member of the Imo state House of Representatives has dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Punch reported that Okwara made this known to newsmen on Thursday, March 31, as his defection pictures and video trended on various social media platforms.
According to the lawmaker, he has not made any official statement about his defection nor communicated on the floor of the House, The Guardian added.
Okwara who represents Nkwerre State Constituency was seen in the trending pictures and videos picking his PDP membership card.
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He told journalists that he had not made any official statement about the development nor communicated on the floor of the House.
“So if I should rejoin the PDP, it is to enhance my 2023 political ambition. Remember I am a Democrat and founding member of PDP.
“But about the rumor of my defection to PDP, yes I visited my friends in PDP and had some discussions with them. Details of what transpired may be made known later.”
Okwara was among the six lawmakers whom the speaker suspended in December for what he termed unparliamentary conduct.
2023: I quit the sinking ship, Northern lawmaker tells APC as he defects to another party
Legit.ng previously reported that on Thursday, March 31, a member representing Birnin Kebbi, Kalgo and Bunza federal constituency, Honourable Bello Yakub Rilisco, defected from the ruling APC to the opposition PDP in Kebbi state.
His senior legislative aide in politics, Hussaini Shehu while confirming his defection, disclosed he left the party because his former party have failed on promises made to active members who fought for the victory of the party.
According to him, aside from other party stalwarts, Honourable Bello as a serving federal lawmaker is not being carried along on party affairs.
Big blow for APC in Cross River as 5 councillors dump party, decamps to PDP
In a related development, five serving lawmakers of the Obanliku legislative council in Cross River state have defected back to PDP from the APC.
The information about the defection of the councillors came to the fore at the weekend when they were presented before a PDP governorship aspirant in the state, Senator Gershom Bassey.
The councillors who were presented before the governorship aspirant by the Chapter Chairman of the PDP in Obanliku Local Government Chairman Hon. Justine Ejisekpe, are Hon. Adida Justin, Hon. Ololo Francis, Hon. Helen Ejikang, Hon. Ogor Doris and Hon. Polycarp Ugiugbong.