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I joined APC to push for Igbo man to become Nigerian president – ex-PDP senator

The former PDP senator and other defectors were received into the APC on Saturday during a meeting of the party leaders in Enugu.

By Chinagorom Ugwu  

A former Nigerian senator from Enugu State, Chukwuka Utazi, has revealed why he defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

PREMIUM TIMES reported that Mr Utazi, who represented Enugu North District in the 9th Senate under the PDP platform, defected to the APC during a meeting of the party leaders in Enugu on Saturday.

He resigned from the PDP in October, shortly after the 2023 general elections, explaining that “those ideals that attracted me to the party have since receded into oblivion.”

The former senator defected to the APC alongside other politicians from other political parties, including a 2023 governorship aspirant of the Labour Party (LP) in Enugu State, Dave Nnamani and a former Nigeria’s minister of Aviation, Fidelia Njeze.

The senatorial candidate of the African Democratic Congress for Enugu North District, Chuka Idoko, his All Progressives Grand Alliance counterpart for the same district, Jonathan Eze and an entrepreneur, Goddy Jinegwo, equally defected to the APC.

The chairperson of the APC in the state, Ugochukwu Agballah, received the defectors to the party, with other top leaders of the APC in attendance.

‘Why I joined the APC’

Speaking shortly after joining the APC, Mr Ukazi said he was joining the party to realise Igbo presidency ambition.

“Today is a special day in my political career. As a national politician, I want to join politics at the centre. What we are doing in Enugu cannot take Enugu anywhere. I resigned from PDP. Nothing is coming to Enugu. If you are not at the centre, you are failing,” he said.

“The only way to get Igbo presidency is to serve as a servant at the APC. I want to serve in the party. APC is the only way to join the mainstream nationally. We will ensure that (other PDP) members join the party (APC). With the party discipline, we will go far,” the former senator stated.

While receiving the defectors into the APC, the Deputy National Chairperson, South, of the party, Emma Eneukwu, said with the calibre of persons who joined the APC, the party is now in good stead to win elections in the state and pursue Igbo presidency.

“It is a new beginning for the party in 2027. We need more people (from the PDP). The South-east must take their place in Nigeria. Igbo presidency is long overdue,” he said.

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