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THE ex-minority leader of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Maria Ude Nwachi,who in 2015 rode to the state Assembly as the only opposition law makerthrough the less fancied Progressives Peoples Alliance(PPA) on thursday formally defected to the Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN, becoming the first political office holder to openly identify with the newly registered political party.
ANN which styles itself as a political party for technocrats in politics immediately celebrated it as a change in the permutations in Ebonyi State.
The National Publicity Secretary of ANN Akinloye Oyeniyi in a statement released to the public described it as an epoch event saying:
“Today, Thursday 6th day of September, 2018 is a significant day in the political history of Nigeria and our dear party, Alliance for New Nigeria, ANN, as the party is welcoming into its fold, the honourable member representing Afikpo North-East State Constituency and Minority Leader of the Ebonyi State House of Assembly, Honourable Maria Ude Nwachi at her ward in Afikpo North Local Government Area of the state, making her the first serving political office holder of our party.”
You may recall that Hon Maria Ude Nwachi, a popular Photo Journalist and blogger who runs Afikpo Chic brand and others has had some differences with the Political establishment in Ebonyi state leading to her celebrated suspension from legislative duties on the ground of continuous involvement in her passion,Photography and lifestyle in leading a protest over poor condition of power supply in the constituency.It is also alleged that her soaring popularity especially with the masses and the desire to represent her people at the nation’s federal House of Representatives in Abuja may have pitched her against some’god fathers’ and were now prepared to battle her to submission.
Meanwhile,the Female Political activist known for her distribution of ‘Mula’ to members of her Igboist Movement,styled as the largest online forum of Igbos across the globe staged the defection ceremony at her ward in Afikpo North LGA and was witnessed by her supporters, party members and officials led by the state chairman of the party, Mr. Nweli Ifeanyichukwu Hilary, his deputy Mr. Irem Austin Obiahu, the State Secretary, Mr. Orji Ifeanyichukwu Ude, the Assistant Secretary, Mr. Esheya Kelvin, the Organizing Secretary, Mr. Agwu Onyemakaeze, the Afikpo North LGA Vice chairman, Mr. Maxwell Isu, the Afikpo North LGA Organizing Secretary, Mr. Emmanuel and many other officials who received and welcomed her into the ANN’s fold.