No fewer than 1,000 members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday defected to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in Anambra.
The members took the action at the swearing-in of the newly elected members of APGA state executive committee in Awka.
One of the defectors, Uchenna Umerie, a former lawmaker in the state, said he decided to dump the PDP for APGA because the administration of Governor Willie Obiano was doing well.
He said that he could no longer cope with the protracted crisis in state chapter of the PDP.
Tokas Ohazuluike, a PDP lawmaker in the state representing Ihiala constituency, said he and his supporters had no option than join hands with the APGA-led administration to build the state.
Victor Oye, APGA National chairman, welcomed the defectors and promised a level playing ground for everybody.
He said the formal swearing-in of the new leadership of the party was to give them legal backing to perform their function as contained in the party’s constitution.
In his remark Governor Obiano described the event as “Pentecost” and urged the new leadership to perform their duties with “boldness and conviction”.
He urged them to spread the message of unity and love to all members of the party and assured them of his support.
The governor said the “good work” of his government would make the next election a walkover for APGA in Anambra.