…okorocha set for political war
The ranks of the All Progressives Congress(APC)grew in Imo State as Senator Hope Uzodinma,representing Imo West in the nation’s red chamber abandons the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) on Thursday in Abuja.
The two-term senator crossed over to the ruling party in a short ceremony held at the APC National secretariat in Abuja with his political family in Imo state.
The declaration of Uzodinma for APC have placed Senator Samuel Anyanwu as the only PDP senator from Imo state, and more,increased the APC senators in the south-East.
Receiving the defecting senator representing Orlu senatorial zone to the APC fold, the national chairman,Mr John Oyegun,commended his bold step in identifying the giant strides of APC in rebuilding the nation and called on him to close ranks with other party members in building a great party that would be the toast of Nigerians.The National Chairman stated that the ruling party’s arms are open to those who are willing to join towards deepening democracy in the nation and assured them that none will be discriminated from enjoying benefits accruable to party members.He was immediately handed the flag of APC.
Among those that joined Senator uzodinma in his cross-over is the law maker representing Ohaji-Egbema,Oguta and Oru-west federal constituency in the House of Representatives,Hon Goodluck Opiah.
According to Political observers, the defection of Uzodinma may have set another round of political battle for the incumbent governor of Imo state,Rochas Okorocha who have earlier indicated his interest to take over the Orlu senatorial seat from Senator Uzodinma.
Moreso, the defection may affect political permutations in the state with his followers battling for survival and inclussion in the political field.The arrival of Opiah into the APC may have jolted Engr Kingsley Uju, deputy chief of staff, Operations to Imo State governor as the votes from Ohaji-Egbema bloc would now be shared ahead party primary.
However investigations by Imostateonline.com showed that the cross-over took months of negotiations to accommodate all members of the Senator Ali Modu Sheriff faction of Peoples Democratic Party across the nation that lost to the Markarfi faction at the Supreme court in 2017.
The followers were to defect to the ruling party at their various ward before the APC congress/convention begins across the nation.
Indeed, it is not yet known the position of ex governor of Imo state, Sir Ikedi Ohakim as Senator Uzodinma remains a known political ally.