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More blows for PDP as speaker, 7 other lawmakers defect to APC in Imo

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By Olisemeka Obeche

The power shift in Imo State appears to have taken a more devastating toll on the Peoples Democratic Party as speaker of the state House of Assembly, Collins Chiji, dumped the party for the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Chiji defected to the APC alongside the majority leader of the House, Chigozie Nwaneri and six other PDP lawmakers.

The speaker announced his defection and that of his seven other colleagues during a plenary on Tuesday. The plenary, which lasted for 15 minutes came to an end after the speaker announced the names of the defected lawmakers.

Apart from the speaker, Uche Ogbuagu (Ikeduru), Dominic Ezerioha (Oru west), Chigozie Nwaneri (Oru East), Kanayo Onyemaechi (Owerri West), Kennedy Ibe (Obowo), Onyemaechi Njoku (Ihitte /Uboma) and Eddy Obinna (Aboh Mbaise) equally defected. 

Obinna represents the constituency of Emeka Ihedioha, who was sacked as the governor of the state by the Supreme Court on January 14.

Their defection increased the number of the APC lawmakers in the house to 18 out of the 26 as Uju Onwudiwe (Action Alliance) of Njaba, who was returned elected during the last Saturday’s supplementary election, was yet to be inaugurated by the speaker

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