Information gathered from sources in Imo indicates that nine lawmakers in the state House of Assembly have defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
While four of the lawmakers are defecting from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), another four are from the Action Alliance (AA), while the remaining lawmaker is defecting from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA). The minority leader of the house, Ekene Nnodimele, is one of those who defected to the new ruling party in the state.
The lawmakers who defected are;
1. Chidiebere Ogbunikpa (Okigwe) – PDP to APC
2. Johnson Duru (Ideato South) – AA to APC
3. Paul Emeziem (Onuimo) – PDP to APC
4. Authur Egwim (Ideato North) – AA to APC
5. Heclus Okorocha (Ohaji/Egbema) – PDP to APC
6. Ngozi Obiefule (Isu) – AA to APC
7. Ekene Nnodimele (Orsu) – APGA to APC
8. Chyna Iwuanyanwu (Nwangele) – PDP to APC
9. Obinna Okwara(Nkwerre) – AA to APC
In a related development, the deputy speaker of the Imo House of Assembly, Okey Onyekanma, has resigned. Onyekanma also resigned as the chairman, house committee on rules and business in a letter read by the speaker during plenary on Tuesday, January 21.
The deputy speaker who is a member of the PDP, represents Mbaitoli constituency in the state. Meanwhile, the southeast zonal vice chairman of the PDP, Austine Umahi, has declared that judges of the Supreme Court will know no peace until they reverse the decision to oust Emeka Ihedioha as the governor of Imo state.