Ex- PDP Senator and former governorship aspirant, 5,000 loyalists, dump party, defect to APC

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A two-term senator who represented Ebonyi Central Senatorial district from 2015 to 2023, Obinna Ogba, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ogba, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in the 2023 election described APC as a very strategic and irresistible party reason for his defection.

The senator defected with his over 5,000 loyalists across the thirteen local government areas of the state at the weekend.

The latest defection comes barely one week after PDP’s former Reps aspirant, Dr.Obinna Nwachukwu joined the ruling party with his 2,000 loyalists.

Speaking during the event which took place at Ezillo, the headquarters of Ishielu local government, Ogba eulogized Governor Francis Nwifuru for his people-centered administration which has significantly improved lives.

Ogba said: “His Excellency the Governor, RT. Honourable Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru is working with everybody not minding political affiliations or any other divide. He has done exceptionally well and deserves our collective support and admiration.”

While receiving Senator Obinna Ogba and his detectors, Dr. Obinna Nwachukwu and APC Chairman, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha bemoaned politics of rancour, bickering and chaos, emphasizing that it does not help either the leader or the led.

Emegha also attributed the massive defection which has crippled the leading opposition PDP in the state as a result of the Governor’s sterling performance, stressing that the people had come to the full knowledge that distraction would be tantamount to a waste of time and energy.

“The commodities of politicians in the business of politics are the people. So, in politics, the people are the target and important and when you have them enough, you have achieved victory.

“I’m not against the politics of not opening doors for the opposition to come in. Yes, we have won the election and are now enjoying the fruit of our labour but we need to bring in our brothers and sisters in opposition to enjoy with us because it’s bad to enjoy alone.

“We warmly welcome Senator Obinna Ogba, Dr Obinna Nwachukwu and their teeming supporters into the ruling party, APC. We want more people to join the party.

“There are good brains with good ideologies on how to develop the state who are in opposition. We want them to brainstorm and move the state forward. My interest is majorly on developing the state and this can easily be achieved when all heads come together as one family to move the state forward.

“Governor Nwifuru has been performing wonders in the state and that’s why everyone is happy and ready to join the moving train. We don’t want opposition in Ebonyi so that our workaholic governor would not be distracted from delivering dividends of democracy to the people.”

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