From PDP, Stella Oduah heads to APGA ahead 2019 general poll

By Editor on 08/01/2018

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Senior officials of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra state have revealed that Senator Stella Oduah is set to dump the Peoples Democratic Party for the party.

A highly placed official of APGA in Anambra state said that all is set for the former minister of aviation to join the ruling party in the state, Naij.com is reporting.

According to the official, the defection of Oduah to APGA is “already a done deal.” 

His words: “Her defection would not be in any way controversial because she already has a fantastic relationship with the governor which dates back to when both of them were not even politicians.

“After she was sidelined in the PDP primaries last year, the senator reached out to Governor Obiano and even tacitly supported him during the election.

“Her defection is already a done deal. She knows that the powers that be in the PDP will likely frustrate her ambition to return to the Senate in 2019.”

Another source in Anambra state chapter of APGA stated that the governor is favourably disposed to Senator Oduah joining the party.

The source stated that Governor Obiano is preparing to use the 2019 elections “to not only dominate the state politically, but also extend APGA's reach across the South-east and beyond.”]

“Senator Oduah is a political heavyweight and Governor Obiano knows this. He is favourably disposed to her joining the party, because she openly supported him during the governorship election.

“It is just a matter of time really for her to join us. We will welcome her wholeheartedly,” the source said. 

Oduah, 55, alongside business magnate, Ifeanyi Ubah, pulled out of the PDP governorship primary election last year, citing imposition as her reason.

Ubah has since joined the APGA, as the PDP primary election produced Oseloka Obaze as the party's flag-bearer in the election.

Obaze, came third with 70,293 votes at the general election which was won by incumbent governor, Willie Obiano.

A furious Oduah had described Obaze as an 'outsider' after he emerged the PDP's candidate in the primaries conducted by Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state.

Obaze, a former secretary to the Anambra state government was a member of APGA, few months before the governorship election.

“Bringing somebody from outside the party and who has not stayed for long, it means that you are saying that you lack capacity within party members.

“But I don’t think we lack capacity, I think PDP has enough capacity to run for that election,’’ she told the News Agency of Nigeria.

After the elections, Senator Oduah described the victory of Governor Obiano as an end to impunity in the state. She congratulated Obiano for his success at the polls which she described as a victory for all Anambra people. 

Oduah and Obiano

 

Source Naij

Posted on January, 8 2018

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