It was a massive defection of members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) when members of the PDP in large numbers, led by their various leaders, joined the APC.
The ceremony, which was held at the Orlu Township Stadium in Orlu Local Government Area, was witnessed by National Leaders of the APC, including the National Vice President South-East, Dr. Anyim Nyerere, National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, Senator Chris Ngige, among others.
Speaking shortly after his defection, one of the PDP chieftains, Dr. Louis Obodo, who led members of the Integrity Group, a political pressure group, to join the APC, said his decision to dump the PDP was as a result of the goodwill and success of the APC- led administration in the state.
He said he was endeared to the APC by the ideals of the party, which he said has promoted internal democracy and raised the hope of level playing field for members, “I left the PDP because of injustice which is not in the APC.”
According to Dr. Obodo, who contested the Oguta/Ohaji-Egbema Federal Constituency under the PDP in 2011, he led members of the Integrity group to the APC because of his conviction that the party has the platform that will give Ndigbo national leadership.
Receiving the defectors, the state Interim Chairman of the party, Marshal Okafor Anyanwu, congratulated them for embracing change and progressive ideals. He charged them to remain focused and steadfast in the APC, assuring that the party guarantees equal opportunities for all members.