A gale of defections has rocked the Imo State House of Assembly as 18 lawmakers, including the Speaker, Acho Ihim, have defected from the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) and the People’s Democratic Party.
The lawmakers left their parties to join another party, Action Alliance (AA), which is beginning to gain ground in the south-east state.
Action Alliance is the party of Okorocha’s son in-law and governorship aspirant in the state, Uche Nwosu.
Speaker Ihim made the announcement while reading a letter written by the defectors on Thursday during an emergency sitting at the chamber of the State House of Assembly in Owerri, the state capital.
He explained that 15 lawmakers of the ruling APC, including himself, as well as three lawmakers of the PDP, decided to join AA to further their political life.
According to him, the APC members cited the injustice, impunity and abuse of rule of law allegedly by the leadership of the APC as their major reasons for dumping the party.
Hours after the news of the defection broke, the APC Chairman in the state, Daniel Nwafor, described the decision of the lawmakers as unfortunate and regrettable.
In a chat with ChannelsTV, Mr Nwafor said while the defection by the lawmakers would affect the party, he was confident that the APC would remain strong and work hard to win elections in the state in 2019.
“We have to remain strong and restrategise to cover up for the loss, it’s politics. We have to unite in our party and remain focused so we can win the general elections come 2019,” he said.