Anambra 2017: Trouble for APGA as 50,000 Osisioma Foundation activists join APC

apgaAhead of the fast ap­proaching 2017 gov­ernorship poll in Anambra state, there appear to be fresh trouble for the leading contenders the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as no fewer than fifty thousand (50,000) members across the state defected into the All Progressives Congress (APC).
On hand to receive them at an elaborate ceremony held at Umunaya in Oyi Local Government area of the state, was the state executive of the
APC led by its visibly hard­working chairman, Barrister Emeka Ibe who described the event as “memorable and long expected”.
The event, which took place at the premises of the former 2013 APGA governorship candidate in the state and in­ternational leader of the pop­ular Osisioma Foundation, Dr Chike Obidigbo who led the exit door, attracted mem­bers of the foundation from across the country.
In his remarks, Dr Obidig­bo disclosed that APC was not the first or only politi­cal party to approach them, but got the nod because “it is peaceful, has the political muscle and national spread.
“It’s not always wise to stay on the fringe, because the na­tion’s democratic system was such that one needs to be there when issues were being discussed for you to be prop­erly accommodated”.
He disclosed that the APC Chiefs had come to lobby Os­isioma Foundation members to join the party having found their ideology, spread and numerical strength attractive.
Obidigbo told journalists that he sees the APC as the place to be if the South East geopolitical zone must be heard and positively consid­ered in the national scheme of things in the nation now.
An executive of the foun­dation, Col Geff Onyejegbu (rtd) said it was established to be a vessel to empower the nation’s youth and redirect those going astray due to so­cial challenges. And that they now want to take the founda­tion beyond the South East to the national through the in­strumentality of the APC as the ruling party.
A chieftain and leader of the APC in the state, Chief Azuka Okwuosa who was also on hand to receive the new en­trants, saw the development as “a very healthy”, pointing out that Dr Obidigbo be­cause of his deep knowledge and experience of life having traversed the lecture halls of higher institutions across na­tion’s and continents, as well as vast business/investment world.
Okwuosa described him as ever ready to touch and transform lives of citizens. Chief Buzogu Chidi, an APGA chieftain from An­ambra North one and a key member of the Osisioma Foundation, said the mass dumping of APGA and PDP by the members of the foun­dation who cut across party and non-political activists, would affect to a large extent the re-election hopes of the incumbent Gov Willie Obi­ano who incidentally come from the North zone.
Chief Ejike Uche, aka Dim­kpa Asaa, a former leader of the APGA in the zone, lead­ing others from Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Delta and Riv­ers state amongst other states were on hand to support them.
This development has cre­ated intense panic within the ranks of APGA and the PDP who have resorted to noctur­nal meetings in a bid to sal­vage the situation and see if they would prevent the APC from taking over the state.
Unfortunately, none of them who wore long faces was ready to speak on the matter after each of their nu­merous meetings.
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