Abia Lawmaker Defects Twice Under One Month

Nnaya Eziyi, Omaha


The member representing Ikwuano State Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, Hon Theophilus Ugboaja has defected to two parties barely one month after he abandoned the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).

Ugboaja, who won the seat on the platform of the APGA in the 2015 general election had defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC) during its rally on 9th January at the Township Stadium, Umuahia, the capital.

To the surprise of many, he turned up at the state secretariat of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Monday during the one day visit of its National chairman, Prince Uche Secondus to announce his defection to the party.

Speaking at the occasion, Ugboaji said he took the decision based on his conviction that the PDP had regained its lost glory and was poised to sweep the polls from the state assemblies through the presidency in the 2019 election.

He also said that having considered the achievements of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in office in less than three years, ” I will be misleading my constituents if I fail to return them to the ruling party in the state for greater development.”

Receiving him to the party “with open hands”, Ikpeazu commended him for taking the step before the chairman, assuring him that he was entitled to full rights and privileges of the party and support to aspire for any office.

Earlier, the state chairman of the party, Chief Johnson Onuigbo, had while introducing Ugboaja to Secondus said the decision would go a long way to improving the fortunes of his constituency and constituents.

According to the state Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Don Ubani, the decision of the lawmaker had shown that he had the interest of his constituency at heart, appealing to other members of opposition to take cue from Ugboaja.