By Maxwell Adeleye
Former Director of Finance for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2015 general election in Abia State, Dr. Chidi O. Ajaegbu from Umuojima Ogbu in Osisioma Local Government Area of the state has defected from the PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Speaking after formalizing his membership at the ward level, Ajaegbu told reporters that he decided to leave PDP to join APC because the structure of the party in the state doesn’t allow transparency, credible democracy and was not an all inclusive government.
“Essentially, I left PDP because my expectations were not met and as far as am concerned, the aspirations of the Ngwa nation hasn’t been met by the current administration and the reasons being given for the inability of the present government in meeting the expectations of the people are not tenable with me. I believe we could do a lot of things differently.
“The structure of the party in the state doesn’t allow for credible democracy, meaning that it is not all inclusive. If it is not all inclusive, are now delivering our electoral promises to the people of the state? So, we need to find an alternative towards actualizing the aspirations of the average Ngwa man and of course, our brothers up North (people of Old Bende).
Speaking further, Ajaegbu who was once a golden jubilee president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nigeria, said that the reason for his joining the APC was also to join forces with the party to strengthen the opposition in the state.
According to him, the wishes and aspirations of Ngwa man (people) were yet to be met by the incumbent administration in the state.
“I am going to reinforce the party and the essence of being in this party is to strengthen the opposition. To get the party in government till 2019 to now start reflecting on what they are doing wrong. We essentially need to start making them to understand that we all stakeholders to the government to the state. The mandate that anybody is holding is collectively given to the person by the people and the money we get from the federal government is a common wealth and we need to see transparency in the management of those resources.”
Ajaegbu’s defection, according to some political analysts was unexpected going by the role that he played in the success of the PDP in Osisioma and the state at large which they said was a clear indication that PDP’s chances of holding on to power in the state after 2019 may have suffered a major setback.
In an interview with newsmen, the State Party chairman of APC, Hon. Donatus Nwankpa expressed happiness over the decision of the former PDP finance Director to join the party, stating that Ajaegbu and many others defection to the party was an indication that their efforts in the last election was yielding fruit
Nwankpa though refused to mention names, said that more prominent persons in the state were going to defect in no distance time.
He affirmed that Abia come 2019 would be one of the states that would captured by the APC, which the incumbent Governor of Imo State had already stated.
“I feel excited. I feel that my objectives and missions are about being accomplished because our mission is a change in 2019. That APC will be in power in the state come 2019 and to bring the change mantra to Abia.
“If he is not of value, I wouldn’t have told you that I am excited. He is not just an intellectual person, he is a political grassrooter, a committed person and a resource person. Above all, he has what we are looking at this time around and that is transparency, honesty and someone with impeccable character.
“You can see what is happening today. Politics is not an individual game. It takes two to tango. With him and other big weights in the party, APC will produce the next governor, senators and state legislators come 2019. And it will make INEC to stand on free and fair election come 2019. APC has come to take over Abia and Osisioma Ngwa will not be an exception”, Nwankpa stated.