LOOKING ahead of the 2021 governorship election in Anambra State, the Labour Party (LP) has benefitted from 300 decamping members from the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC).
At a consultative meeting on Friday hosted by the state deputy chairman of the party, Chief Itego Modozie and the Awka South council’s Ward 8 Woman Leader, Mrs Margaret Okorare, key members of the three parties in the state denounced their membership for LP.
At the colourful event, Modezie and other leaders of LP received the defectors and presented them with membership cards.
The high point of the occasion was when Modezie unveiled the party’s proposed governorship candidate in the 2021 election, Group Capt Nnamdi Benson Nnoruka (rtd), from Anambra South senatorial zone.
Modozie said that he shifted his political support from APGA to LP because key campaign promises made to the state and his Awka South Council area in particular were jettisoned.
According to him, the promises include roads, erosion control, employment, youth and women empowerment, community peace among others.
He admitted that the state Governor Wille Obiano, despite his good intentions, had unfortunately surrounded himself with self-serving money mongers and sycophants who were ruining the state.
The LP chieftain admitted that he was a beneficiary of the Obiano administration, but noted that, “I want other citizens to benefit too. The ones who toiled to install the government have been discarded by strange faces who came from nowhere to highjack projects, appointments and contracts.
“Many citizens are blocked by the governor’s aides to see him to listen to their concerns and challenges.
“Some communities do not have any political appointee while some have several. Key innovative programs have been left in ruins and abandoned.
“That is why Nnoruka, a distinguished career Airforce officer and administrator, a lawyer of repute and a man deep rooted in fairness has stepped forward to bring the necessary changes and transformation in the state.
“His presence is attracting high caliber politicians, top retired military officers who had previously watched with bated breath while the rot went on. We have resolved to work to collapse the entire structures of APGA, PDP, APC and YPP into the Labour Party.”
Some of the defectors described Nnoruka as the gentlemen who through the defunct Anambra Peoples Forum (APF) and in concert with other concerned statesmen fought to salvage the state from those who were set to ruin the state during the era of Dr Chinwoke Mbadinuju as governor.
They vowed to stand firm with Nnoruka, Modozie and others to restore the state if Labour Party came to power.