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Leaders and members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), All Progressives Congress (APC) and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State have dumped their parties and joined the Labour Party (LP) in the state.

Among chieftains of the three parties that defected were Chief Ifeanyi Oji, PDP chairman Anaocha LGA; Nonso Ezeana, APC Secretary, Anaocha; Chief Charlie Chukwudebelu, Ward 2 Chairman PDP Agulu (Peter Obi’s ward) and Chief Elias Abana, former chairman of APGA Ward 4 Agulu. They all joined LP with their followers.

The defectors joined the LP at Agulu Mini Rally for Peter Obi and Yusuf Datti Baba-Ahmed held at Igwe Central Palace, Agulu under the chairmanship of Chief Franklin Anazodo.

The new party members said that they resolved to join LP because they believed that the presidential candidate of the party, Mr Peter Obi, was the best person to lead Nigeria at the moment.

Convener of the rally, Chief Paulinus Aniagbaoso, said that the people of Agulu community and Anaocha LGA in general had resolved to vote massively for LP from top to bottom.

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Aniagbaoso, former presidential-general of Agulu People’s Union (APU) and currently the Traditional Prime Minister of Agulu Kingdom (Onowu Agulu) said the people of the town, irrespective of their various party affiliations, met and resolve to vote for Obi because he’s the most qualified candidate for the job.

“We organised a meeting for all the political parties in Anaocha LGA and discussed critical issues concerning this election, particularly Obi’s acceptance across Nigeria. We reasoned that if Nigerians across regions and ethnic divides have accepted Peter Obi and are supporting him massively, what then will be the contribution of Agulu town and Anaocha LGA where he comes from?

“So, at the meeting, everybody agreed to give up the various posts they were holding in their various political parties and join hands with Obi in the Labour Party. The people of Agulu resolved to vote all the LP candidates from top to bottom,” Aniagbaoso said.

Chairman of LP in the state, Ugoo Eme, commended the defectors for their bold move, saying they took the right decision for the country.

“Obi did very well as governor and we believe he will do well as president. PDP says it is contesting with LP and APC says the same thing. This means that they know that we stand a very good chance to win this election. Door to door campaign of the LP is ongoing now. Please, join them in that good effort,” he said.