PPA guber aspirant, Godwin Ezeemo, 2nd right, acknowledges cheers from supporters at a rally held at Emmaus House field, Awka, April 1, 2017. 1st right is leader of Movement for Greater Anambra State, MOFGAS, Comrade Shedrack Anakwue.
The Maxi Okwu-led faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, known as Movement for Greater Anambra State, MOFGAS, has dumped APGA and thrown their weight behind the aspiration of Mr Godwin Ezeemo of Progressive People's Alliance, PPA.
This is even as about 10, 000 former APGA members defected to PPA at a rally held at Emmaus House, Awka, April 1, 2017.
The field of Emmaus House overflowed with former APGA members, led by their Anambra State acting chairman, Chief Shedrach Anakwue.
The chairman of the organizing committee of the defecting members, Chief Moses I. Okeke, in his address, narrated several efforts made by the faction to be re-integrated into APGA following the January 15, 2016 Supreme Court judgment which nullified Chief Maxi Okwu's election as national chairman of APGA. All the efforts failed, he said.
Okeke said that all the while, leader of the group, Chief Anakwue, successfully kept the group intact and now, the group which over time transformed into Movement for Greater Anambra State (MOFGAS) when reconciliation failed, had remained the bench mark of excellence and sole promoter of good governance and leadership development in the state.
Mr. Ezeemo in appreciating his adoption by the group, said he was ready to serve to transform Anambra State without discriminating against any person or section of the state.
He said that he had in private capacity done his best to develop the state through numerous industries he built, both in Awka and his home town, Umuchu, in Aguata Local Council of the state, but realized he could do better if elected governor.
On his choice of PPA as a party, Ezeemo described the party as one of a few living political parties in Nigeria which had won governorship and legislative elections in more than three states in Nigeria.
Chief Maxi Okwu who was represented by his Special Assistant, Chief Okwudili Nwokeabia, said he was surprised that APGA could ignore the faction despite members' willingness to return.
According to Nwokeabia, it was a sign that the party was in deep trouble as it now toed the path of troubled parties. He PPA as a party of sincerity.
'We had APGA but if it loses people like this, there is trouble. It happened to PDP. Seven governors left and the party said there was nothing wrong until it got to this stage.
'If I were in APGA, I wouldn't want this to happen to my party. One vote is too much,' he said.
Nwokeabia expressed the belief that Ezeemo would win the governorship election under the great coalition of the factional APGA and PPA and wished the members well.
The chairman of the event and former national treasurer of the factional APGA, Chief Fidelis Obi Okafor, said the first thing Ezeemo would do when elected into power would be to demolish the bridges built by Governor Willie Obiano which the government had acknowledged were about to collapse.
Okafor said it would be a tragedy if a well-meaning government left such bridges which the government had raised barriers to prevent trucks from plying because of the danger of collapse.
The rally was also attended by former national secretary of APGA, Alhaji Maidoya Sadiq; deputy national chairman of PPA, Chief Edwin Okonkwo and several Ezeemo support groups.
The highlight of the event was the raising of Ezeemo's hands by the National Chairman of PPA and the National Secretary of MOFGAS.