By Sunny Nwankwo, Umuahia
Former House of Representatives member for Aba North and South Federal Constituency, Uzo Azubuike has abandoned his former party to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abia State.
Uzo Azubuike after losing his seat in 2015 and 2019 respectively to the late Ossy Prestige of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) was appointed the Commissioner for Agriculture in Abia State by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu.
Our correspondent gathered that Azubuike, who was a former Deputy Speaker of Abia State House of Assembly is joining the APC 48 hours after some few staunch PDP colleagues (Anagha Mba, Mrs. Blessing Nwagba; 2019 Social Democratic Party Guber candidate, Chief Sylvanus Nwaji; an Ukwa West PDP stalwart and Chibuike Nwokeukwu of Ukwa-Ngwa extraction had joined the party at the weekend.
Azubuike, who has maintained a low political profile after he was not returned as a Commissioner in the state was at the time of filing the report, registering and completing his APC membership at the Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Party secretariat of the APC after registering at his membership at the ward level.
Information has it that Azubuike and his supporters who are joining him to APC will be presented to the State Party Executive by his local government chairman and executive any moment.
The registration of Azubuike and other PDP members considered to be staunch supporters and foot soldiers of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu to the APC have once again fuelled the possible potential move of Gov. Ikpeazu to APC ahead of 2023 general election, even though Ikpeazu had in a recent Press Conference said that he prefer being a conductor in a moving train than the driver of stationary vehicle when he was confronted with the question about his potential move to APC.
When contacted, the State chairman and Publicity Secretary of APC in the state, Hon. Donatus Nwankpa and Comrade Benedict Godson in telephone interviews confirmed the membership of the Abia Deputy Speaker as APC member.
According to Nwankpa, Azubuike’s decision to join the party was a welcome development.
“It is part of the repositioning of the party and responsibility of rescuing Abia. People should not be afraid. People have seen that there is the need to change Abia.
“If you know when Uzo Azubuike was at the Green Chambers (of the national Assembly), you will agree with me that he was not a bad representative. He gave a good account of himself and his constituency.
“As a former commissioner in the state, he showed brilliance. He is among those who have seen the need for all of us to work together and give Abia responsible and transformative government.”
Nwankpa added that more people will soon join the party from PDP, APGA and other parties as well.