Defection: Anambra APC Dismisses Senator Oduah

By Ikeugonna Eleke

The Anambra State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has dismissed the senator representing Anambra North Senatorial Zone, Princess Stella Oduah, saying she was never a member of its family.

Oduah had on Thursday announced her defection from the APC to the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, stating that she was back to her family after leaving the party for APC shortly before the Anambra State governorship election in November 2021.

But the Anambra Chapter of APC, while reacting to the exit of the senator from the party, said she was ab initio, never a member of APC, least of all, leaving the party.

A press release by the factional state publicity secretary of the party, Okelo Madukife, dismissed the senator, saying that like others who announced their defection to APC before the Anambra governorship election, pointing out that they were never welcome or accepted into the party and thus could not claim to be their members.

He said: ‘On the contrary, Sen. Oduah, alongside many PDP and APGA legislators at national and state levels never left their respective political parties for APC last year in the build-up to the Anambra State governorship elections, beyond photo ops in high places outside the state.

‘They only shared an understanding to pursue an illegitimate business through APC platform, but the business failed in the face of a stout resistance from the close-knit membership in a party that fairly believes in due process.’

The party listed other lawmakers in same category to include; Hon. Chris Azubogu, Hon. Vincent Ofumelu, Hon. Lynda Ikpeazu and Hon Okwudili Ezenwankwo.

Others in the state assembly include; Hon Charles Obimma, Hon. Carter Umeh and Hon. Onyebuchi Offor, all of who have dumped the APC and returned to their former parties.

Madukife said some of those who claimed they joined the party only did so on the pages of newspapers.

He said: ‘Those who sauntered in for the lure of fast lucre in political business prospecting and in the process joined in laying mines in our dynamic chapter, but were stopped by God and the APC spirit, are returning to their tents.’