…”They are not genuine members”, says LP chieftain
About 3,200 members of the Labour Party (LP) have joined the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Abia State, two days to the guber and House of Assembly elections. The defections took place in Obingwa LGA and was led by Hon Maduka Akpulonu, the former Director-General of Chinedu Onyeizu Campaign Organization. The defectors who spoke through their leader, Akpulonu, said they were returning to the PDP where they originally belonged. The new PDP members who promised to work for the victory of Okey Ahaiwe, PDP guber candidate and House of Assembly candidates on March 18, claimed that their days in LP were not eventful, hence their detour to PDP.
Some of the former PDP members like Mathew Okoronkwo, Celine Aghabie among others said their only interest in the LP was to vote for Mr Peter Obi as Nigerian President and nothing more. They noted that since that task of delivering Abia to Obi was excellently executed during the Presidential election, there was no need remaining in Labour Party. They thanked the State Chairman of PDP, Hon Alwell Asiforo Okereke and his executives for accepting them back.
However, the Labour Party House of Representatives candidate for Obingwa/Ugwunagbo/Osisioma Federal Constituency, Hon Ibe Nwoke has disclaimed some reports in the media which claimed that he was one of those the Labour Party members that returned to PDP.
Nwoke described the reports as creations of his political opponents who were jittery of his coming mandate. The former Obingwa LGA Chairman also dismissed the reports that Labour Party has collapsed in Obingwa while assuring his supporters that his victory as the House of Reps elected member would still be realized.