PDP Federal Lawmaker Defects To APC

PDP Insists Actions Of APC Confirms Alliance With PoliceA member of the Federal House of Representatives, Emmanuel Ukoette has defected from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Mr. Ukoette, who represents Oruk Anam and Ukanafun Federal Constituency, Akwa Ibom State, won election to the House under the platform of the PDP.

The federal lawmaker announced his defection on Monday, in a letter he wrote to  the Senior Special Assistant on Political Matters to the President, Gideon Samani.

In his letter, he cited the current division in the PDP as the reason for his decision to leave the party.

The PDP has been thrown into a protracted leadership crisis after the party lost the 2015 presidential election to the APC.

The party has two separate factions laying claim to the position of its national chairman.

A factional leader of the party, Ali Modu Sheriff, last week secured a victory at the Court of Appeal, Port Harcourt, which declared him the authentic chairman.

While the Ahmed Makarfi and his faction have rejected the judgment and indicated their intention to head to the Supreme Court.

Mr. Ukoette’s defection is coming 32 days after a PDP Senator, Nelson Effiong, also from the state, defected to the APC on January 19.

Mr. Effiong has hinted that more Senators would be leaving the PDP.

Mr. Ukoette told journalists that besides the “animosity” within the PDP, there was so much uncertainty about the future of the party.

“The sharing formula of the dividends of democracy in the PDP has been faulty, and I have made persistent complaints about this without redress.

“I feel that to key my people into the mainstream of national development, my movement to the APC is inevitable. Ukoette said.

He further lamented, “I am also seeing a situation whereby I will team up with other progressives to salvage Akwa Ibom from the grip of a certain few hawks, who have formed an oligarchy in order to enslave and perpetually keep Akwa Ibom in a state of ruin.”

Obahiagbon Loses APC Edo South Senatorial District Primaries

Patrick-Obahiagbon-BellaNaijaThe Minority Whip of the House of Representatives, Mr Samson Osagie, has emerged the Edo South Senatorial District candidate of the APC in Edo state in the primaries conducted  at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium in Benin yesterday.

Rep. Osagie beat other aspirants including Patrick Obahiagbon, Fred Emokpai and Jim Adun.

Francis Inegbenekin emerged the candidate for Edo Central Senatorial District while Major Francis Alimikhena emerged the senatorial candidate for Edo North Senatorial District.

They will be paired in the 2015 elections against their PDP opponents – Matthew Uroghide for Edo South Senatorial District, Clifford Odia for Edo Central Senatorial District and Paschal Ogbomeh for Edo North Senatorial District.

Ekwunife Dumps APGA For PDP To Continue Political Career

Uche EkwunifeMember representing Anaocha/Njikoka/Dunukofia Federal Constituency of Anambra State in Federal House of Representatives, Uche Ekwunife, has dumped the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Ekwunife, who is the Chairman of the House Committee on Environment, gathered the APGA ward and local government executives of her constituency together in the first official meeting to announce her exit from APGA at her campaign office along the Enugu-Onitsha Expressway.

She said that her exit was not borne out of any issue between her and the party but out of her desire to forge ahead without anybody destroying her political future.

The excited Ekwunife, before the announcement, danced with party members who were obviously happy with their representative but when the news was broken, it was tears for many.

She assured the party members of her commitment to continue representing effectively, the largest constituency in Nigeria with three local government areas, 51 INEC electoral wards and 621 polling units, having moved several motions and bills in the House as well as attracted so many infrastructural developments to the constituency.

Honorable Ekwunife also intimated her constituents of the exit of four out of the five APGA House of Representatives members that included, Cyril Egwuatu of Onitsha North and South, Afam Ogene of Ogbaru, Chris Azubogu of Nnewi North/South and Ekwusigo and herself.

Uche Ekwunife won the APGA ticket to run for the Federal House of Representatives in 2011 having lost in the governorship election of February 6, 2011 on the platform of the Peoples Progressive Alliance, PPA.

In the Anambra governorship election of 2013, she lost in the controversial primaries of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, part of which may be her dissatisfaction to discontinue with the party hence her moving into the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.


Ogun PDP Woos Bankole For 2015 Governorship

Dimeji Bankole
Dimeji Bankole

The former Speaker of The Federal House Of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, is being wooed into the 2015 governorship race in Ogun State.

At a meeting held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, political leaders from the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, from the six Local Government areas that make up Ogun Central Senatorial District, unanimously endorsed the candidature of the former Speaker.

In his response, the former Speaker, who was also present at the meeting, asked for more unity of purpose among party leaders and members, saying that the unity of the party was sacrosanct.

Bankole, after the meeting, avoided speaking to the media on the purported endorsement.

The meeting may be seen as an indication that the race to the top position come 2015 in Ogun State, South West Nigeria may have begun in earnest.

Bankole was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002, on the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) ticket to represent the Abeokuta South Federal Constituency of Ogun State. He was re-elected in April 2007.