Hon. Chinenye Ike, a former member of the National Assembly and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has joined the Peoples Democratic Party, which is currently in power in Abia State.
Along with hundreds of his supporters spread over the electoral wards of the Isiala Ngwa North and Isiala Ngwa South local government areas in Abia State, he defected from the opposition APC for the PDP.
Mr. Ike, who served as the federal representative for Isiala Ngwa North and Isiala Ngwa South from 2007 to 2015, claimed that his decision to rejoin the PDP was motivated by his love and conviction for Professor Uche Ikonne’s bid to bring democracy to Abia people.
“Being the best among his opponents in quality, qualification, administrative ability, leadership charisma and pragmatism, democracy inclination, policy orientation, wealth creation and growth, and stability, I can tell you for free that no other has the strength to make Abia a centerpiece of development than Professor Uche Ikonne,” he posited.
Continuing, the ex-federal lawmaker called on all and sundry to embrace Ikonne for a better Abia and expressed gratitude to the Governor of the State, Okezie Ikpeazu, for the choice of Professor Ikonne to succeed him in 2023.
Ike also thanked the leadership of the PDP in Abia State for the opportunity to reunite with his main political family, assuring the State leadership of his unflinching support to build the party to an enviable height.
Speaking while welcoming the ex-Reps member, Ikonne assured him that all his rights and privileges will be given to him and his teeming supporters as they will not be discriminated against.
He described Hon. Chinenye Ike as a veritable partner in progress and urged the people of the area to throw their weight behind him.
On his part, the State Deputy Chairman of the PDP, Chief Obinna Nwachukwu, flanked by Isiala Ngwa North LGA Party chairman, Elder Sam Esindu, described Hon. Chinenye Ike as a political Iroko with lots of class and clout, adding that his decision to return to the Peoples Democratic Party has added credence towards the actualization of victory for Professor Uche Ikonne and other PDP candidates in next year’s general elections.
Nwachukwu assured the ex-Parliamentarian and his teeming supporters of full inclusion in all programs and activities of the party in the Isiala Ngwa North Local Government Area.
It was reported that high points of the event were the setting ablaze of APC brooms and membership cards belonging to the decampees, followed by the issuance of PDP membership cards.