Emeka Okafor’s ‘solo’ defection to PDP, inconsequential – APGA
* Says he’s under suspension, never party chieftain
By Steve Oko
The All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, in Abia State, has dismissed the purported defection of former Commissioner for Industry, Prince Emeka Okafor, to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as of no moment.
Okafor on Wednesday, with purported members of his Abia Crusaders Foundation, declared support for the governorship candidate of PDP, Chief Okey Ahiwe.
But in a swift response, APGA Publicity Secretary, Someone Onyeje, said that contrary to social media reports, Okafor who only joined APGA from PDP in 2022, was never a chieftain of APGA.
He described him as a political merchant who has a track record of defecting from one party to another at the eve of election just for selfish interest.
APGA equally argued that the so-called crowd that defected to PDP alongside Okafor was never APGA members but a rented crowd.
Meanwhile, one of the women decampees told Wawa News Global during the defection that she was from Avonkwu Ibeku, and a member of the PDP.
Another shy-looking girl also said she was a PDP member from Avonkwu.
Similarly, a young man among them who did not want his name mentioned said he came from Aba North, and did not belong to any political party.
Below is a full text of the statement by APGA made available to Wawa News Global:
“Our attention having been drawn to a misleading online report about the purported defection of Prince Emeka Okafor to the People’s Democratic Party(PDP),we hereby write to state the following;
“That Prince Emeka Okafor is not a chieftain of our great party, All Progressives Grand Alliance ( APGA) but a political rolling stone whose high level mobility between PDP, PPA and APGA, in a short space of time, is now legendary.
“That his association with APGA began in April 2022 when he joined Prof Ibe in decamping from PDP.
“That he couldn’t have attained the revered appellation of an APGA chieftain in under one year.
“That arising from some financial misconducts which occurred during the conduct of ward tours, Prince Emeka Okafor is currently under suspension.
“That his now familiar antic of oscillating between parties especially during election seasons is no longer new.
“That Prince Okafor’s current defection plan is a solo effort since he is returning to PDP as a single suspended member.
” Therefore, the touted 2000 team of decampees is nothing but a deceptive lie aimed at according political impetus and relevance to himself.
“That the public is therefore advised to disregard the purported mass defection of APGA members to PDP since it is impossible to jump from a cruising ship to sinking canoe.”
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