The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday suffered a huge blow when its fifteen Imo State House of Assembly lawmakers, including the speaker, defected to Action Alliance (AA).
The Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, read the notice of defection, dated 7th November and signed signed by the lawmakers during plenary on Thursday evening, announcing also his defection to AA.
On the list of the defectors are also members elected on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who likewise joined AA.
The former PDP lawmakers are Ken Agbim, Bruno Ukoha and Mike Iheanatu.
Aside the Speaker, the former APC lawmakers who joined AA are, Ikechukwu Amuka, Authur Egwim, Uju Onwudiwe, Uche Ejiogu, Ngozi Obiefule, Lugard Osuji, Lloyd Chukwuemeka and Victor Onyewuchi.
Others are Chinedu Offor, Kennedy Ibe, Lawman Duruji, Max Odunze, Henry Ezediaro, and Obinna Egu
One of the APC defectors, Amuka, accused the national chairman of the ruling party, Adams Oshiomhole, of “collaborating with some people to hijack APC in Imo State.”
Also the Majority Leader, Osuji, who still maintains his status as the Majority Leader after his defecting from APC AA, said that Mr. Oshiomhole“meted grave injustice” to them during the controversial APC primaries in the state, claiming he felt ashamed that he was ever associated with APC.
Mr. Osuji added that the lawmakers would team up with the AA governorship candidate in the state, Uche Nwosu, to win the governorship election and also ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari won re-election.
Mr. Nwosu had recently officially announced his defection to AA in a bid to realize his controversial governorship ambition. He is aiming to succeed his father-in-law, Governor Rochas Okorocha. That ambition has acrimoniously divided the Imo APC.
APC national chairman, Mr. Oshiomhole was yet to respond to our request for comment over the development in Imo as at the time of filing this report.