The Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ebonyi state, Samuel Ode-Oru has defected to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
This is coming on the heels of the defection of the 2015 Ebonyi Central Senatorial candidate of the party with over 5000 APC members last week.
Also, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) House of Representatives candidate for Ezza North/Ishielu federal constituency, Paul Igwe, has ditched his party for the PDP.
Igwe and Ode-Oru and hundreds of their supporters announced their defection at the PDP campaign rallies in Ebiaji, Ezza North local government and Ezzamgbo, Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi state respectively.
Ode-Oru while announcing his decision to join the PDP said he was moved to join PDP by Governor Umahi’s achievements.
“We will never campaign against David Umahi. He has identity, he gas performed creditably. I am decamping to PDP with all my supporters to support what he is doing in the state; he has transformed the state”, he said.
He also tore his APC membership card in the presence of all present and was immediately handed an Umbrella to signify his acceptance by the PDP.
Governor Umahi who was at the rallies to canvass for votes commended the decampees for joining the party.
The Governor announced the appointment of Ode-Oru as his Senior Technical Assistant. He assured that he would continue to carry out projects that will touch the lives of the people.
Umahi said PDP was poised to win the forthcoming general elections and that nobody will rig the election or write the results
“Nobody is writing results anywhere. It is the antics of a man that never started, anybody that has not started. Will he fail? So, they have not started not to talk to about failing. Failing is like giving them zero but not starting is minus hundred and they will not start.
“When Ogbuoji betrayed us, I knelt down and raised my two hands up and said father in the name of Jesus, betrayal will follow this man and that is what is happening. Everywhere he goes, you see betrayal, I command over 60 of his followers working for him and that is the product of betrayal.
“So, there will be no betrayal in our voting. Lets pork together, lets have confidence in ourselves. You have to go for campaign; door-to-door. We are not looking to win, we are looking for 99.9%”.