*says, party laden with crisis
By; PAMELA EBOH, Awka
An All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) member of Anambra State House of Assembly, Hon Ikem Uzoezie on Tuesday dumped his party for the All Progressives Congress (APC), citing personal reasons.
The lawmaker who announced his defection during plenary said he left APGA to enjoy greater peace of mind as the party had refused to reverse the suspension slammed on him and two others for more than five months.
He said the party had been crisis laden and what he labelled as unjust alienation of core party men, hence, he could not continue under such hostile environment.
It would be recalled that the two term lawmaker in November 2018 emerged as factional speaker of the House after an unsuccessful attempt by some lawmakers to impeach the Speaker, Rita Maduagwu.
Subsequent upon that, he was suspended alongside two others by APGA on allegations of anti-party activities and being the arrowhead of the crisis that rocked the state assembly last year.
While announcing his defection on the floor of the House, Uzoezie said: “Mr Speaker, I want to thank my colleagues in the House for their prayers and support while I was away for medical reasons.
“I want to also announce to you that I have left my former party, APGA, to a new party, the APC for reasons best known to me.
“I have been on suspension, which they notified me in writing, and they have not reversed it at least in writing, so I have to continue my life in a more peaceful environment.”
Though the number of lawmaker flying the APGA flag will reduce in the incoming assembly to twenty four following PDP’s victory in six constituencies, Uzozie will however be a lone voice as the only member of the APC
APGA currently has twenty seven members in the House, two PDP members and one APC member but Uzoezie’s defection has reduced the number to twenty six.