Former APGA chieftains, Opigo Nwankwo, former transition chairman of Njikoka, left, and Barbeach Anaekwe, former Njikoka LGA APGA chairman, on the occasion of the visit of the PDP guber candidate, Oseloka Obaze, to Njikoka on a thank-you tour.
For departing from the ideals of the founders of the party and pursuing a strange ideology, the duo of Sir Francis Opigo Nwankwo, former transition chairman of Njikoka LGA; and Chief Paul Barbeach Anaekwe, former chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in Njikoka, have dumped APGA for the People's Democratic Party, PDP, reports Jude Atupulazi.
The duo disclosed this to Fides at a Thank-You tour of the PDP faithful in Njikoka by the party's guber candidate, Oseloka Obaze.
According to Opigo, APGA had been hijacked by strange forces who did not understand the party's history; a situation, he said, that had alienated the original members whose advice would have taken the party to the desired heights.
Echoing the sentiments of Opigo, Barbeach said APGA had bitten the fingers that fed it and as such had been operating without advice. Such blunder, he said, led to the party's zero presence in the local government, despite the deputy governor being from there.
He regretted that all the gains recorded by the party during the time of former Gov Peter Obi had been eroded by the inability of the current government to develop the area.
He cited the only road embarked upon by the government at Enugwu-Ukwu where the deputy governor came from, noting that it had remained in the same condition without being completed, even on the eve of the guber election.
For his part, Opigo said the failure of the present government in the area had made it imperative for them to pitch tents with PDP, a party, he said, that had a tested and trusted candidate in Oseloka Obaze.
He assured that the old APGA structure in Njikoka was still intact and had already been mobilized to work for the success of PDP in the November 18 election.