(Magnus Eze – ABUJA)
One of the three Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) senators from Ebonyi State, Chief Sonni Ogbuoji, has dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ogbuoji, who represents the Southern Senatorial District of the state in the upper chamber, showed up at the APC Southeast Caucus meeting, which held at the Uburu, Ohaozara country home of the Science and Technology Minister, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, at the weekend, in Ebonyi State.
The second term senator said the PDP was currently riddled with crisis, far beyond what many could see, adding that the level of governance offered by the PDP governors was detrimental to the party and Ndigbo.
Ogbuoji, therefore, asked people to disabuse their mind from the wrong perception that PDP was an Igbo party, stating that the APC was the best option for the southeast, especially as the zone eyes the Presidency by 2023.
“I am one of those who believe that the issue of Igbo marginalisation cannot be corrected by shouting in the media. The Igbo have a responsibility to determine what should happen about marginalisation. It’s not to be waiting for the other people who are interested in the same thing to now give it to us; it’s not going to work.
“I believe that by joining forces; sharing ideas with those who are already in APC, we have a better chance of improving what we have.
“The level of governance that we are receiving from PDP governors is not going to help the case of the PDP and the Igbo. So, there is no need offending ourselves that PDP is an Igbo party; it’s far from it. As we speak today; APGA may lay claim to being an Igbo party; but certainly, PDP cannot lay claim to be an Igbo party.
“That’s why there is the need to rethink about what happens to the Igbo from 2019 upwards,” the senator stated.
The senator and the state governor, Chief David Umahi, had been embroiled in a cold war for a long time, culminating in an attempt by the state government to stop a civic reception organised for the senator during the Yuletide by his home town of Ebunwana, in Afikpo South Local Government Area of the state.