From; Madu Ezenoha, Enugu
Former national secretary of the former ruling party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Rex Onyeabor, at the weekend boasted that with the caliber of people defecting from PDP to the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Enugu state, APC would win 80 percent of votes in all elections in 2019 general elections.
The former PDP scribe spoke during a ceremony to mark his defection to the APC at his country home, Ugboka, in Nkanu East LGA of Enugu state.
Chief Onyeabor, who was also the former coordinator of former President Goodluck Jonathan’s campaign organization in Enugu state during the 2015 general elections, gave among other reasons for the defection, the fact that PDP was not likely to survive her current protracted crisis.
He said, “If I coordinated Jonathan to win 95 percent in 2015, surely if APC doesn’t collect 95 percent it might collect at least 80 percent. We will win in Enugu state,” he boasted.
Notable members of the party in the state, including former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; former Governor of old Anambra State, Senator Jim Nwobodo, and former Governor of the State, Barr. Sullivan Chime had earlier left the party and crossed over to the APC.
“Apart from being former national secretary, I was BOT (Board of Trustees) member which is the highest advisory body in PDP.
“There are some people who are still there attending meetings to reconcile; you see what they are doing now, Modu Sheriff and Makarfi (Muhammed), and recently Jonathan and Seriake (Dickson); it is not likely that an agreement will be reached very soon.
“So I look at all the efforts we have made in the past trying to restructure the party, trying to bring the party out of the melancholy or depression of defeat, it has not worked; that’s why I decided to pick my bag and take a walk,” he said.
Aside from that, Chief Onyeabor said that APC provides the best platform for changing Nigeria for now, noting that though APC might not be the best party in the world but that it was better than other parties in Nigeria today.
On what might have prompted the mass exodus of notable Igbo politicians into APC, the former PDP scribe explained that Igbos have now seen the light and that given what he knows about PDP which he was not ready to make public, he now believes APC was the best choice for the realization of Igbo aspirations in Nigeria.
Speaking at the event, the Enugu state chairman of the party, Dr. Ben Nwoye expressed excitement at the influx of political bigwigs into his party saying that they were joining not only to help win elections but to also organize the party as some of them are political technocrats and bureaucrats.
“I’m excited and I’m honoured to be part of the political revolution in Enugu state. We have never had a strong opposition in Enugu state since 1999. The entire South East has had other parties as members of the State Assembly, Senate or Reps, but Enugu state remained under PDP completely. It took men like these to ensure that that happens.”