Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki
Less than 24 hours to the supplementary elections slated to hold on Saturday in three state constituencies in Ebonyi State, the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Ezza North West State constituency, Mr Nome Innocent, has dumped his party and joined the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
Consequently, he announced his withdrawal from the race and declared support for the candidate of the PDP, Mr Friday Nwuhuo, a lawyer. He also said that he was moving to the PDP with his teeming supporters.
At a press conference held in Abakaliki, the state capital, Nome who was flanked by the PDP’s candidate and other chieftains of the party, said that he took the decision on his free volition.
Nome, a lawyer, also said that he took the decision because his party, the APC, did not show sufficient seriousness that it was ready for the election to the point that its governorship candidate lost his polling unit to the PDP during the presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
The statement partly read: “At the borderline of the whole issues were the visible unserious disposition of the APC in the state as demonstrated in both electioneering and elections proper where the party lost even in the guber candidate’s polling unit to the rampaging People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the presidential and National Assembly elections in the state.
“With all the issues raised above, it became obvious that APC in the state was never serious in the election and thereby made some of us in the contest typical of a man in a wild goose chase.
“In the end, we were not only made vulnerable but also politically incapacitated to win the election as desired. This was evident in the way the party leadership handled the affairs of the party as regards the funds meant for the election and other things which were supposed to enhance our performance in the election.
“After a thorough consultation with family members and political associates, I hereby resign my membership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and withdraw from the contest as well as the supplementary election slated to hold in Ezza North West state constituency on Saturday, March 23, 2019.
“This decision is entirely mine, made out of my own volition without any coercion to join hands and congratulate the governor-elect, His Excellency, Engr. David Nweze Umahi, to move Ebonyi State to a greater height,” the statement added.