19 Imo law­mak­ers de­fect to AA, tackle Osh­iom­hole

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - Chi­diebube Okeoma, Ow­erri

The Speaker of the Imo State house of Assem­bly, Acho Ihim, on Thurs­day led 18 law­mak­ers to de­fect from their for­mer par­ties to the Ac­tion Al­liance.

The house mem­bers.

The af­fected law­mak­ers were be­fore now mem­bers of has 27 the All Pro­gres­sives Congress and the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party.

Achime read the no­tice of de­fec­tion of the law­mak­ers dated Novem­ber 7 dur­ing ple­nary.

Ac­cord­ing to him, three for­mer mem­bers of the PDP de­fected to the AA.

he listed the for­mer PDP mem­bers to in­clude Ken Ag­bim, Bruno Ukoha and Mike Iheanatu.

Apart from the Achime, for­mer APC mem­bers who joined AA are Ikechukwu Amuka, Authur Eg­wim, Uju On­wudiwe, Uche Ejiogu, Ngozi Obiefule, Lu­gard Osuji, Lloyd Chuk­wue­meka and Vic­tor Onyewuchi.

Oth­ers are Chinedu Of­for, Kennedy Ibe, Law­man Du­ruji, Max Odunze, henry Eze­di­aro and Obinna Egu.

“What Osh­iom­hole did in Imo State was in­jus­tice and it is against the tenets of ideal democ­racy,” the Speaker said.

Speak­ing af­ter the no­tice of de­fec­tion was read, one of the de­fec­tors, Amuka ac­cused the na­tional chair­man of the rul­ing party, Adams Osh­iom­hole, of “col­lab­o­rat­ing with crooks to hi­jack APC in Imo State.”

The Ma­jor­ity Leader, Lu­gard Osuji said the APC na­tional chair­man was un­just to them dur­ing the party pri­maries in the state.

he said he was ashamed that he was ever as­so­ci­ated with APC.

Osuji, who re­tains his po­si­tion as the ma­jor­ity leader af­ter the de­fec­tion, said the law­mak­ers would team up with the AA gov­er­nor­ship can­di­date in the state, Uche Nwosu, to win the elec­tion.

he also said they would work for the suc­cess of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari dur­ing the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

Ag­bim, who joined AA from PDP, said he and his two col­leagues left the party be­cause of the emer­gence of “New PDP” in the state.

he said the PDP in the state had no lead­er­ship di­rec­tion.

• L-R: Se­nior Di­rec­tor, African De­vel­op­ment Bank, Mr Ebrima Faal; Vice Chair­man, Pres­i­den­tial Com­mi­it­tee on the North-east Ini­tia­tive, Mr Ti­j­jani Tum­sah; Gover­nor of Bauchi State, Mo­hammed Abubakar;and Vice Pres­i­dent, Prof. Yemi Os­in­bajo, dur­ing the inau­gu­ra­tion of the In­clu­sive Ba­sic Ser­vice Delivery and Live­hood Em­pow­er­ment In­te­grated Pro­gramme for the North-east Nige­ria in Abuja... on Thurs­day. Photo: Sam Adeko

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