He joins former speaker of the House of Representatives, Agunwa Anakwe, and some other leading politicians from Anambra, who have exited PDP. The case of the former state chairman of the party, Dr. Tony Nwoye, remains a matter of much speculation especially given the number consultative meetings held between his supporters in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State and All Progressives Congress, APC chieftains in the state.
Starting Point (Meltdown of the Peoples Democratic Party)
Anambra State had along the way acquired a national reputation of being a honey pot for PDP national officers, given the prevalence of multi-billionaires in the state willing to part with a little of their money to get the ascendancy in the political terrain.
However, the party has earned the reputation of not having conducted a successful state congress since the advent of democratic rule in 1999. It also has the unenviable reputation of being the only state chapter of a party to have two blood brothers – the Uba brothers – in open confrontation for political office.
The exit of some of the Peoples Democratic Party chieftains to the APC was stoked partly by several stories; the attendance at the Southeast Caucus of the rival APC in Enugu last Saturday for example. Ex members in attendance were former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Emeka Wogu, Senators Emma Agboti, Jim Nwobodo, Nkechi Nwogu and Ifeanyi Ararume – these are people who had in the past been called upon to carry out major assignments for the PDP.
The meeting hosted by the national vice-chairman, Southeast, also had in attendance, former speaker of the House of Representatives Agunwa Anakwe; and Senator Chris Adighije. The extent of the meltdown was also shown by the presence of Dorothy, the wife of Dr. Okwesileze Nwodo, the pioneer national secretary and also a former national chairman of the PDP.
Even though Nwodo has since denied that he has defected from PDP, the presence of his wife defies that claim and a clear indication that the Nwodo household, once a bedrock for the PDP, is no longer what it used to be for the PDP.
The APC Caucus Meeting Outcome
The meeting held in Enugu on Saturday ended with much confidence exuded by the All Progressive Party (APC), who laid claim on the 2023 presidential ticket.
Statement by the host of the gathering, the national vice-chairman, and convener of the meeting, Emma Eneukwu, said better days were ahead for the party in the region.
“With the array of prominent politicians from the South-East joining us now, we shall work hard this time and turn things around.”
“We believe by 2023, the president of a united Nigeria will be a Nigerian of Igbo extraction from the South-East.”