Tuesday, December 7

Anambra poll: PDP lawmaker blames failure on defected member as decampee rejoins party

By: Awesome Ekene

A lawmaker in the Anambra House of Assembly, Mr Onyebuchi Offor has defected back to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after dumping the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC) on October 6.

Offor, representing Ekwusigo Constituency, and Minority Leader, who announced his defection at plenary in Awka, on Thursday said he consulted widely before his decision to move back to PDP.

He said, “Two months ago, I announced my defection from PDP to APC on the floor of this House. I have tested the waters and realised that my former party PDP is better.

“So, I want to humbly inform this House that I’m going back to my party PDP.”

Reacting, member, representing Ogbaru, Mr Noble Igwe regretted that PDP would have won the just concluded governorship election in the state, if Offor had not defected to APC.

“Your defection to APC was a big blow the PDP in Anambra. If you have not defected, PDP would have won the governorship election.

“But we welcome you back to PDP where you rightly belong, ” he said

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Also speaking, member representing Idemili-South constituency, Mr. Chuka Ezewunne welcomed Offor back to the party.

“As a founding member of PDP, I know Offor well and he is a good friend too, though temptation drew him to APC.

” We are happy to welcome him back to PDP and we urge other members to come back home, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Majority Leader, Mr Emeka Aforka, representing Orumba North constituency, also urged lawmakers who defected from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), to come back to the party.

“APGA is the winning party in Anambra and home to all. I urge Honourable members who left APGA to emulate Offor and come back home,” Aforka said.

The Speaker of the House, Mr Uche Okafor said defection from one political party to another remained the constitutional right of lawmakers.

He wished Offor well in his political career.

Also at plenary, the House called for intensified sensitisation in the state on the dangers of consuming Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, popularly known as Crystal Meth or ‘Mkpuru Mmiri’ in Igbo language.

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The House adjourned until December 7 for plenary.

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