Over 100,000 members and supporters of the All Progressives Congress and the Alliance for New Nigeria, on Wednesday, defected to the Peoples Democratic Party in Ebonyi State.
Among those who defected to the main opposition party are the National Vice-Chairman of the ANN (South-East Zone), Mr Lazarus Eze; a former coordinator of Ohaozara East Development Centre and the state Coordinator of Governor Umahi Empowerment and Beneficiaries Association, Mrs Martha Nwankwo; among others.
Receiving the detectors at Ugwulangwu in the Ohaozara Local Government Area of the state on Wednesday, the state chairman of the PDP, Mr Tochukwu Okorie, said they decided to move to the PDP because “things were no longer working” in their former parties, adding that, “The broom, which should naturally be sweeping away dirt, is no longer performing its duties.”
He added, “A former APC coordinator in the Ohaozara East Development Centre, where we are today has seen tomorrow that the broom naturally used in sweeping away dirt is no longer doing its duties. She is here today to announce her formal departure and those of her team members, to the PDP.
“Let me also use this medium to invite Mr Lazarus Eze, the former National Vice-Chairman of Alliance for New Nigeria to announce the collapse of the entire structure of the party in the entire South-East geopolitical zone into the PDP.
“These ones, who were hitherto in the Alliance for New Nigeria, APC and GUMEBA, have come out here to announce their defection to the PDP. I invite party elders and leaders to join me and receive these defectors.”
“Martha Nwankwo was a civil servant, who rose to the position of HPM in the local government system, but she resigned voluntarily just to express her political aspiration in the PDP.
“She understood that the government of David Umahi is high-handed, vicious and vindictive and she would not allow herself to be rubbished by anybody.”
Eze said he decided to move over 100,000 members of the ANN and its supporters in the state to the PDP because the bad eggs who, until now gave the party a bad name, had left the party.