It was a harvest of men and women for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ikwuano LGA of Abia State as former members of the All Progressives Party (APC), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the Labour Party (LB) in the area dumped their parties and joined the PDP.
The decampees, who were received by the National Organizing Secretary of PDP, Col Austin Akobundu (rtd), said their reason for abandoning their former parties and joining PDP was because of the good performance of the state governor, Okezie Ikpeazu.
According to their representatives, Obioma Samuel (APC), Chibuzo Micheal (APGA) and K.C Igbokwe (LP), they were frustrated by what they described as lack of vision, justice, fairness and equity in their former parties.
Receiving them to the fold of PDP, Akobundu described PDP as a big family whose members accommodating to all persons with diverse interests and views, even as he assured them that they would be treated as equal partners in the scheme of things in the party.
Represented by former deputy transition Chairman, Pastor Ekeleme Ikeije, the National Organizing Secretary tasked the new entrants not to see the decampees as political opponents, but great members of a lively party.
The Chairman of PDP in Abia State, Rt Hon Asiforo Okere who also spoke at the evnt asked them to respect and be loyal to the leadership of PDP in their Wards and the local government area. He therefore directed the PDP executive in Ikwuano to accord them the necessary formalities that will make them to feel at home in the party.
In his contribution, the member representing Ikwuano State Constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly, Hon Stanley Nwabuisi commended the decampees for acknowledging the wonderful performance of the state governor and assured them that they would not be left behind in the provision of dividends of democracy.
In his speech, the Executive Chairman, Ikwuano LGA, Stephen Mpamugo pledged to extend the good works of the governor to Ikwuano, adding that all Ikwuano people including the decampees will soon enjoy the good works of his administration.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.