Imo speaker, 18 APC, PDP mem­bers de­fect to Ac­tion Al­liance

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Jude Aguguo Owua­manam, Ow­erri

The speaker of the Imo State House of As­sem­bly, Acho Ihim and 18 other mem­bers de­fected to the Ac­tion Al­liance (AA).

The de­fec­tors in­cluded 15 mem­bers of the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress and three Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Party’s mem­bers.

They an­nounced their de­fec­tion dur­ing ple­nary ses­sion.

With this devel­op­ment, the AA now con­trols the ma­jor­ity of the 27-mem­ber as­sem­bly with 19 mem­bers; while the APC has three mem­bers and the PDP, none.

The speaker said the de­fec­tion was due to the cri­sis that be­dev­illed the APC pri­maries in the state.

“After the in­jus­tice that was meted to our mem­bers by the na­tional chair­man of our party, the APC, some of our mem­bers went to an­other party to ac­tu­al­ize their am­bi­tions. They wrote me a let­ter through Ikechukwu Amuka, ex­press­ing their in­ten­tions and to­day I want to of­fi­cially an­nounce that 18 mem­bers of the House have of­fi­cially de­fected to AA. It is in­ter­est­ing to note that PDP mem­bers also moved to AA, and as speaker, I have no choice than to join the ma­jor­ity by dump­ing the APC for AA”.

The de­fec­tors were Ikechukwu Amuka (Ideato South) Arthur Eg­wim (Ideato North), Obinna Egwu (Ngor-Ok­palla) Chinedu Of­for, (Onuimo), Uju On­wudiwe (Njaba), Mike Iheanetu (Aboh Mbaise), Vic­tor Onyewuchi (Ow­erri West), Ken Ag­bim (Ahi­azu), Bruno Okuoha (Wzini­hitte), Lyod Chuk­wue­meka (Ow­erri West), Kennedy Ibe (Obowo), Henry Eze­di­aro (Oguta), Lu­gard Osuji (Ow­erri Mu­nic­i­pal) and the Speaker Acho Ihim (Okigwe).

Ma­jor­ity Leader Lu­gard Osuji said their de­fec­tion did not af­fect their sup­port for Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari’s re-elec­tion.

From left (front row): Dr. Ashiru Bello; Dr. Onyanta Adama, pre­sen­ter; Norma Per­chonock; Prof. Mo­hammed Bello Yunusa, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor SEAC; Omega Ja­cob, rep­re­sent­ing KASUPDA; Ishaku Gimba; Dr. Sal­ihu Z. Mustapha; Sun­day K Ha­bila and other par­tic­i­pants, dur­ing the launch of a non-profit and non-gov­ern­men­tal or­ga­ni­za­tion, the ‘So­cioe­co­nomic and En­vi­ron­ment Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre’ and the Re­search Re­sult on ‘The demise of the In­for­mal City’ at the Cen­tre for Demo­cratic Devel­op­ment Re­search and Train­ing in Zaria.

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