Ebonyi South Bye Election: PDP, LP Others Collapses Structures To APC

By Celestine Okeh, Abakaliki

Former Chairman of Afikpo Local Government Area and Labour Party LP, House of Representatives Candidate for Afikpo/Edda Federal Constituency in 2023 general  election, Pharmacist Tony Ekoh and over 5000 members and supporters of labour party and the opposition people's democratic party PDP,  were on Monday officially defected to the governing All Progressives Congress APC in Ebonyi State.

Speaking on behalf of the decampees, pharmacist Tony Ekoh said they were glad to return to their original house. He said, "we're happy to return to our home. We went on leave but are back. We have seen the direction of the current administration of Governor Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru and we're glad for what he's doing. I want to assure you that we are going to join hands to work for the Victory of the APC candidate for Ebonyi South Senatorial Seat in this Saturday's  bye election. I want to let you know that APC will win the election convincingly in Afikpo Local Government Area. We heard that one of our son is contesting but we have advised him not to waste his time because we believe in equity. We must support others so that they will support us when it's our turn".

Receiving the defectors during the official flag off of the Ebonyi South Senatorial bye election Campaign Rally at Afikpo Council mini-stadium, the State APC Chairman, Chief Stanley Okoro-Emegha, assured them of total accommodation in the party.

Emegha urged them to work for the victory of the APC in the Senatorial bye-election.

Speaking during the event, the Deputy Governor of the State, Princess Patricia Obila said the defection was  a  result of Ward-ward aggressive campaign she embarked upon with other leaders of the party in Afikpo and commended the defectors for believing in the party and the leadership of the state Governor, Rt Hon Francis Ogbonna Nwifuru.

She noted that the campaign manifesto of the State Governor, Francis Nwifuru anchored on the People Charter of Needs has begun to yield a positive effect in Afikpo.

According to her, the commitment of Governor Nwifuru's administration to addressing the plights of the Ebonyi people led to the defection of over 3 million members of the opposition parties to the APC during the ward campaign trains in the southern part of the state. 

The defectors included the former chairman of Afikpo local government and 2023 LP candidate for Afikpo/Edda Federal Constituency, Tony Ekoh, the party’s candidate for Afikpo North West State Constituency, that of Action Alliance for Afikpo North East State Constituency, Ogbonnia Inya and Hilary Egwu, a former council chairman confirmed their members and supporters' decision to join the ruling APC in the state.

Governor Francis Nwifuru while addressing the defectors, expressed joy at their decision to join the APC which he described as a moving train.

The governor said he was not perturbed about the election because he knew that the senatorial candidate of the party, Professor Anthony Ani would win a landslide.

Nwifuru warned Ani against crisis when he gets to the senate, but emulate those that have served the zone in the National Assembly, and those that are still serving by building on their legacies.

“Don’t take us for granted when you get to the senate. We wronged so many leaders by choosing you as the date of our party.

“Don’t sleep in anybody’s house, you are a senator of Ebonyi South, not anybody. Work with everyone and ensure effective representation for the zone,” he advised Ani.

Governor Nwifuru equally urged Afikpo people to come out massively and vote for the APC on Saturday, assuring them of peaceful conduct of the exercise in every nook and cranny of the state especially in Ebonyi South Senatorial District.

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