A political heavy weight of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), in Rivers State, Hon. Ugo Kingsley Chinnah has formally defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Speaking during the event at St Mary’s Catholic Station, Omuanwa in Ikwerre Local Government Area, Hon Chinnah said his reason for defecting to PDP was bad leadership and poverty in APC.
He said: “70 percent of APC members in our Ward 7 and elsewhere are being fed and sponsored by the PDP leaders. Therefore, it is better we go back to PDP.
” We don’t want to remain in APC because we don’t want to be affected by the virus of APC” he stated.
Hon Chinnah said he feels very much at home with his decision to dump APC for the PDP, adding that his exit will affect the fortunes of the APC in the LGA.
“I am very much at home in PDP now. With my exit, the center can no longer hold. My initial project when I was in APC was to de-populate the PDP but unfortunately, the reverse is the case”.
The former chieftain of All Progressives Congress lamented that the people of Omuanwa are tired of losing their children during elections.
“The people of Omuanwa are tired of losing souls. We are tired of our youths dying on election days; we are tired of burying our own children as a result of political violence” Chinnah regretted.
He described the existence of PDP in Ward 7 at Omuanwa as a house he started about two decades ago, saying that “We are coming or going back to PDP with a kind of political reliance and ideology. With this gathering, 50 to 70 percent APC members will move with me back to PDP”
Chinnah who was a former party chairman in the area, pointed out that “what the leaders of APC have been making have been empty and bogus promises unlike PDP and APGA.
He pleaded with the leader of PDP not to disappoint him, his followers and his supporters.
“PDP leaders do not disappoint my people because we are to form a strong winning team with you”
He also described the political rivalry between the Minister of Transportation and Governor Nyesom Wike as an advantage to Ikwerre people.
Earlier in his speech, the Caretaker Committee chairman of Ikwerre LGA, Barr. Sunny Nwondiko said Hon. Chinnah has done the right thing by jettisoning APC. He described the political move of Hon. Chinnah as remarkable.
“Hon. Chinnah, I want to tell you that your decision in rejoining the PDP is not only historical but remarkable” Barr. Nwondiko said.
He assured Chinnah that his interest and that of his supporters would be protected in the PDP.