The Chairman of Southern Senators Forum and Chairman Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and tariffs, Hope Uzodimma, recently dumped the PDP and declared for the ruling APC.
In an interview, when ask why he join the ruling party, the senator claimed that APC is the only political party with National spread and coalition that looks good enough to win the Presidency in 2019.
I do not want a situation where the South-East will be shut out again in 2019. So I joined APC to ensure that I mobilize enough support base for the party in 2019 so that we can lay claim for better accommodation in the Federal Government after the elections.
Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha said members and leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state do not know that Senator Hope Uzodinma has joined the ruling party.
Okorocha, kicked furiously, accusing him of joining the APC through the back door, saying he should have joined the party in his ward in Imo and not from Abuja.
It is insulting to the party in the state, for someone to be talking about joining the party from Abuja. The procedure is that you start from your ward to your local government and, then, the state, and the state will inform the party at the national level that you are now a member. The reverse cannot be the case.
Uzodimma said, the governor himself was once a member of PDP. He left the party to join APGA and I am not sure he took permission from anybody to either leave PDP or to join APGA. He also left APGA for APC, he did not take permission from anybody to join or leave. So I don’t think I need anybody’s permission to either to leave PDP or to join APC. This is democracy and the constitution guarantees all citizens freedom of association. So I think the governor is making much ado about nothing.