19 out of the 27 Lawmakers of the Imo State House of Assembly, have defected to the Action Alliance, AA, denouncing their membership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, who read the notice of defection signed by the Lawmakers during plenary, on Thursday evening, also announced that he had joined his colleagues in the AA.
Reading the defection notice, Ihim said that the members elected on the platform of PDP, have joined the AA.
The former PDP Lawmakers are: Ken Agbim, Bruno Ukoha, and Mike Iheanatu.
Apart from the Speaker, the former APC Lawmakers who joined the AA are: Ikechukwu Amuka, Authur Egwim, Uju Onwudiwe, Uche Ejiogu, Ngozi Obiefule, Lugard Osuji, Lloyd Chukwuemeka, and Victor Onyewuchi.
Others are: Chinedu Offor, Kennedy Ibe, Lawman Duruji, Max Odunze, Henry Ezediaro, and Obinna Egu
Speaking after the notice of defection was read, one of the defectors, Amuka, a former member of the APC, accused the National Chairman of the ruling party, Adams Oshiomhole, of “collaborating with crooks to hijack the APC in Imo State.”
The Majority Leader, Osuji, who equally joined the AA, said that the APC National Chairman meted grave injustice to them, during the controversial APC primaries in the State.
He said that he felt ashamed that he was ever associated with the APC.
Osuji who still maintained his status as the Majority Leader after the defection, said that the Lawmakers would team up with the AA Governorship Candidate in the State, Uche Nwosu, to win the Governorship election.
Agbim, who joined the AA from the PDP, said that himself and two other of his colleagues, left the main opposition party, because of the emergence of the new PDP, in the State.