Mass defection is looming in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Ebonyi State chapter as some political bigwigs of the party are set to decamp from the party to the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Already, a former Senator and director of the election campaign of the governor in Afikpo North LGA, Azu Agboti, has defected to the APC.
Mr. Agboti once represented Ebonyi South Senatorial zone in the Senate.
Though no reason was officially given for the former senator’s defection, it was learnt that he left because the new PDP administration refused to give his candidates political appointments.
In a letter to the State Chairman of the party, Joseph Onwe, the Senator simply noted his resignation without giving any reason.
He said: “It is with sincerity of purpose that I hereby resign my membership of the PDP. My resignation takes effect immediately”.
But a source close to the Senator, who was the Director of Governor Dave Umahi’s Divine Mandate Campaign for Afikpo North LGA, said the Senator left the party because he was disappointed with recent events in the party.
“He is not happy with the inability of the party to keep certain promises made to him before the election. His candidates for Commissioner and other appointments was jettisoned. He was frozen out in the party since after the election hence his decision to move to APC whch has promised to carry him along,” the source said.
Another source in the APC revealed that more defections are looming in the PDP as the list of disappointed party faithful grow each day as the governor makes more appointments into his government.
The source said: “Many stakeholders who were not appointed or their list of candidates jettisoned feel betrayed and are in talks with the APC to defect”.
“Any moment from now they will officially make their decision open, many bigwigs are among them. Their defection will shake the foundations of the PDP in the state,” the source added.
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