Yesterday, the former minister of information, governor of the old Anambra State, and a former Senator and presidential aspirant on the platform of the PDP, Chief Jim Nwobodo, defected
to the APC.
It came as a surprise to most of the APC members present at the event. A former PDP senator from Enugu State, Chief Fidelis Okoro, also defected to the APC at the meeting. Okoro was in the Senate between 1999 and 2007.
There were indications that their defection did not go down well with the some APC members, who openly voiced their dissatisfaction with the development at the meeting.
Drawing from his experience as a governor, Nwobodo said it’s not good being in the opposition. He said members of the APC in Enugu State should not to be discouraged by the electoral losses they suffered in the state in the past.
His words: “You must always lose, what matters is the ability to rise again. I must condemn our former party, PDP – I know we had problems. I told our former chairman, how come did we allow five governors to leave the party?
I am not looking for a job, I am talking because I want peace. I want our people to be part of the Federal Government at the centre. I had a problem being an opposition governor. I am not coming into APC because I want anything. I want our people to be reintegrated and have our own share of the FG resources.”
Nwobodo recalled that while he was in PDP, his wife had always been an active member of the APC. He pointed out that the slogan “change” did not start now with the APC, it started in 1983, when he was an opposition governor….. so he is d real CHANGE…..