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Ihedioha eyes APC, dumps PDP

Will Ihedioha join Uzodinma in APC?

In preparation for the 2027 governorship election in Imo State, the former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha has dumped his party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and may soon announce his defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

One of his trusted allies in Mbutu Ward, in Aboh Mbaise Local Government Area of the state, told our correspondent in Owerri.

“Ihedioha loved PDP, and that has been the reason he has not thought of leaving the party for another political party but the recent happenings in the PDP have pushed him to resign.

“And from our calculations, particularly his trusted friends, he has an interest in the APC, and we think, if he doesn’t change his mind, we shall also see ourselves becoming members of APC, in a short time. He is likely to contest the 2027 governorship election in Imo State on that platform” the ally said on condition of anonymity.

Ihedioha tendered his resignation from the PDP Mbutu Ward in a letter dated April 23, 2023, which was addressed to the Mbutu Ward Chairman and posted on the Mbutu Mbaise Progressives Assembly (MMPA) platform.

The original copy of the letter was also acknowledged by his ward chairman, Peter Onyenakazi.

In his letter, a copy of which was made available to BusinessDay, Ihedioha said: “Since 1998, I have contributed my quota to the development and transformation of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as one of the founding members. All these years, I have taken pride in the fact that the PDP is a party that will always look inward for internal reforms and provide credible leadership for the people, whether in power or outside power. I have had the benefit of serving and benefiting from the party at various levels.

“Regrettably, in recent times, the party has taken on a path that is at variance with my personal beliefs. Despite my attempts to offer counsel, the party is sadly no longer able to carry out internal reforms, enforce its own rules or offer credible opposition to the ruling All Progressives Congress.

“It is in the light of the foregoing, that I am compelled to offer my resignation from the People’s Democratic Party, effective immediately. While this decision was difficult to take, I, however, believe that it is the right one. Despite this resignation, I will always be available to offer my services towards the deepening of democracy and good governance in Nigeria.”