Hon Abraham Oba, a member of the Abia State House of Assembly and a chieftain of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), has defected to the state’s ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Remember that the legislator, who currently represents Aba Central Constituency in the state assembly, was elected twice on the APGA platform between 2015 and 2019, with his current term expiring in 2023.
Oba was elected minority leader of the 6th Abia State House of Assembly in June 2015 and was later removed in a controversial manner over allegations of making unflattering statements about the N30 billion loan sought by Governor Okezie Ikpeazu during his first tenure in office.
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In a letter read on the floor of the house by the Speaker, Rt. Hon Chinedum Enyinnaya Orji, during its plenary session on Tuesday, Oba announced his formal defection from the APGA to the PDP, explaining that he made the decision after due and thorough consultations with family, associates, and the entire constituents of Aba Central.
The defected lawmaker also cited a lack of internal democracy and a factional crisis in the APGA’s Abia chapter, which he claims has harmed the party’s fortunes in the state.
Meanwhile, the Abia State House of Assembly screened seven of the 21 commissioner-nominees recently appointed by Ikpeazu on Tuesday.
The screening of the nominees followed Governor Ikpeazu’s letter to the leadership of the assembly, in which he requested the confirmation of the 21 nominees as Commissioners to the Abia State Executive Council.
The lawmakers screened seven nominees, including Hon. Chinagorom Nwamkpa (Isiala Ngwa South).
Donatus Mazi Okorie (Arochukwu).
Adaku Oseiza, Mrs. (Umuahia South).
Sopuruchi Bekee, Hon (Obingwa).
Eze Chikamnayo, Barr (Umunneochi).
Mr. Ugochukwu Emezue (Umuahia East) and Chief Ugochukwu Emezue Uche Nwanoruo’s best wishes (Osisioma Ngwa)..