Monday, 25 July 2016

Abia: 500 PDP defectors return to fold

OVER 500 aggrieved Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members from Ime­nyi Ward 1, Isuikwuato Local Government Council, Abia State, who left the party af­ter primaries have returned with the intention of build­ing a strong and virile party.

Leader of the group of returnees and former chair­man of Isuikwuato Local Government Council, Chief Enyinnaya Nwosu, who an­nounced the return of the members said they merely stepped aside when they felt things were not going the right way.

He said he and some other members of the party were offended at the way things were going and left, “but today, we have re­turned because PDP is one family, you don’t just build a house and allow it to be de­stroyed.

“I have committed so much in PDP, a lot of people have been coming, men of good will, pleading that I should come back and hav­ing realised my contribu­tions to the party over the years, I personally felt I should come back. I can­not afford to allow our ef­forts over the years go down the drain. The plea is that I should come back and help to stabilise the party at the ward and local government levels,” Nwosu said.

He added that he had made political investments in PDP and intended to continue to take the party to greater heights.

“I have a lot of good will, so whatever effort I will put in to make the party grow, I will continue doing it. I am known for organising the party members from the ward to local government levels to ensure that we speak with one voice.”

He explained that what was happening in the party was an intra party squabble that was expected from a large party like the PDP and that there was no time problems would not spring up.

He said his coming back entailed the returning of over 500 of his followers as and advised all aggrieved members to follow suit.

“Quarrel is normal. It is something you expect from a big family, so, I will urge others, particularly leaders, to come back with their supporters for us to build a strong and virile par­ty which PDP represents.

“Politics cannot play it­self, it is people that will play politics and it is when the right people are in politics that the dividends of democ­racy will go round,” he said.

Receiving Nwosu back to the party, the ward Chair­man, Chief Onyekachi Oko­rie Ezeikpe expressed happi­ness over the return of the members. He extolled the virtues of Nwosu as a com­mitted party man.

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