“Cock,” And “Broom,” Dead, in Abia, says ex-PDP chair

 

Nnaya Eziyi, Umuahia

 

 

Foremost Abia State Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tony Ukasonya has said that both the “cock,” and “broom,” in reference to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and All Progressives Congress (APC) were dead and disorganised in the state.

Ukasoanya stated this while speaking to our correspondent after about 50 members of both opposition parties in the state announced their defection to the PDP at its secretariat in Umuahia, the state capital.

He said the APGA made in roads into the state which made it win 11 out of the 24-member House of

Assembly and came a close second in the governorship in the 2015 general election in the state due to dispute in the PDP.

Ukasoanya, who himself returned to the PDP early this year after a romance with the APC, said he did so after being impressed with the developmental profile of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu in less than three years in office.

“That is why I returned to the party and have been accompanying him anywhere he went because he is building quality roads and infrastructure across the state. Our children will see the roads he is building,” he maintained.

Addressing the defectors, the governor said he had forgiven those who worked against his success in the 2015 general election and commended the defectors for finding their ways back to the PDP in good time for the battle ahead.

Ikpeazu, who reiterated the need for them and his other supporters to acquire their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), maintained that any support for him without the power to cast ballot in the election was mare wishful thinking.

Receiving the defectors, the state Chairman of the party, Chief Johnson Onuigbo expressed appreciation that most of them had been foundation members of the party, saying it was like home coming for them.

Earlier in his address, the leader of the defectors, Mr. Collins Nwosu said they represented tens of others who caught across both Ikwuano and Umuahia South Local Government Areas, adding that they came to join hands with Okezie to move the state forward.