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3 Jan 2018

PDP Loses Another Senator to the APC

The main opposition party in Nigeria, PDP has been depleted further with the exit of a prominent South-eastern lawmaker to the ruling APC.
Chief Sonni Ogbuoji
One of the three People’s Democratic Party (PDP) senators from Ebonyi State, Chief Sonni Ogbuoji, has dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ogbuoji, who represents Ebonyi South senatorial district, showed up at the APC South East Caucus meeting, which held at the Uburu, Ohaozara country home of the Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, last weekend in the state.

The second term senator said the PDP is currently riddled with crisis, far beyond what many can see and added that the level of governance offered by PDP governors is detrimental to the party and Ndigbo.

Ogbuoji urged people to disabuse their minds from the wrong perception that PDP is an Igbo party, when he stated that the APC is the best option for the South East, especially as the zone eyes the presidency in 2023.

“I am one of those who believe that the issue of Igbo marginalisation cannot be corrected by shouting in the media. Igbo have a responsibility to determine what should happen about marginalisation. It’s not to wait for other people who are interested in the same thing to give it to us, it’s not going to work.

“I believe that by joining forces; sharing ideas with those who are already in APC, we have a better chance of improving on what we have.

“The level of governance that we are receiving from PDP governors is not going to help the case of the PDP and Igbo. So, there is no need offending ourselves that PDP is an Igbo party; it’s far from it. As we speak today, APGA may lay claim to being an Igbo party, but certainly, PDP cannot lay claim to be an Igbo party.

“That’s why there is the need to rethink about what happens to Igbo from 2019,” the senator said.

The senator and Governor David Umahi, have reportedly been embroiled in a cold war for a long time, culminating in an attempt by the state government to stop a civic reception organised for the senator during the Yuletide, by his home town of Ebunwana, in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the state.

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