By Sola Omoniyi, Lagos
The National Publicity Secretary of the Labour Party, Obiora Ifoh, has disclosed that Thursday’s defection of the senator representing Anambra South, Ifeanyi Ubah, to the All Progressives Congress, poses no threat to their party.
This was as the spokesman remained upbeat that the LP candidate, Senator Athan Achonu, would unseat Governor Hope Uzodimma ahead of the November 11 governorship election.
Recall that Ubah switched allegiance from the Young Progressive Party to the ruling APC.
The news of Ubah’s defection spread like wildfire after it was publicly read in the Senate Chamber on Thursday.
The senator, who had been elected for a second term under the YPP in the previous elections, according to the letter, explained that he switched parties because of the disagreements within his former party.
His defection increases the number of APC senators to 60.
While receiving him at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja, the National Chairman of the APC, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, described the senator as a ‘big fish’ with enormous political clout in Anambra politics.
The former Kano State governor also expressed strong conviction that his defection to the ruling party would herald a wind of revolution that would liberate the South-East.
But Ifoh kicked against Ganduje’s declaration, insisting that Ubah jumped ship to brighten the chances of pursuing his Anambra governorship ambition.
This was even as he argued that the APC had little or no serious presence in the South-East.
He said, “Don’t get it wrong. Ifeanyi Ubah is from Anambra State and I can tell you that he defected because of his governorship ambition which he can never get with the ticket of YPP. So, he needed a party that had Federal Government support to be able to ride the crest.
“I am saying the APC is non-existent anywhere in the South-East. Let me repeat it. The LP is the South-East party, not the APC. That also showed during the 2023 general elections.
“For the first time the LP contested fully, they won virtually every position in the South-East, except the areas they were rigged out.”