Hundreds of members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressive Congress from Ukwa East and Ukwa West Local Government Areas of Abia State have dumped parties for the Accord Party (AP) ahead of 2023 main elections in the country.
They also pledged total support and loyalty to the leadership of the Accord Party in the state and assured the party leadership of their genuine commitments to work collectively across the electoral wards of the seventeen local government areas in Abia State towards ensuring the Accord Party forms the next government in Abia State come 2023.
The defectors from the two local government areas were led into the fold of Accord Party fold in Abia state by Chief Chibuzor Imo and Mrs Nwanyiom David respectively.
Speaking on the rationale behind their decisions while being received in Accord Party during an event held in Ukwa local area of Abia, on Friday, the leader of the PDP defectors, Chief Chibuzor Imo, hinged their move on the worsening condition of affairs in the state, and also, the complete lack of people-oriented policy by ruling Peoples Democratic Party in Abia State, towards enhancing economic growths and infrastructural development in parts of the state.
The latest political developments were contained in a release issued to newsmen in Umuahia, the state capital on Saturday afternoon.
According to him, “it is not hidden that ruling PDP in Abia State has failed in all indices to improve the welfare of the populaces in the state. It’s indisputable fact that the citizens are facing hardship hunger, poverty, penury, and these are a result of lack of well-defined and development-oriented templates by PDP-led administration in enhancing the poor standard of living and affairs in Abia.
“We join Accord Party at this remarkable electioneering period, as the only alternative that can foster and provide the needed dividends of democracy to every doorstep of the Abia masses, and we are saying come 2023, we will work harder and collectively to effect a change in the number one political leadership sear of Abia, and join other like-minds to vote in an effective and responsive government for the general good of Abia people and the state”.
On her party, spokesman of the party woman leader, Mrs Nwanyiom David, lamented on the height of insecurity and joblessness in the state and the country at large, assuring the state leadership of the Accord Party that all members and women within and outside Ukwa east and Ukwa west local government areas in Abia will fight for freedom, and as well as emergence of the AP gubernatorial candidate, Amb. Bishop Emeka Nwankpa as Abia governor in the 2023 general election in the state, and many other states in the Nigeria federation.
According to her, “the PDP in the state, and APC controlling at the national level, and the entire nation, have disappointed the populaces. You can bear witness that there are no durable roads, functional diagnosis health delivery centres, civil servants and pensioners are not being paid and cleared backlogs of salaries owed to them in Abia, and numerous leadership failures by the PDP in Abia State”.