Former Speaker of Abia State House of Asembly, Sir Stanley Ohajuruka, has dumped the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PP A) for Labour Party (LP).
Ohajuruka, elected into the House of Representatives on the platform of the PPA in 2007, stormed out of the party after last Tuesday’s Governorship primaries won by the immediate past Deputy Governor, Comrade Chris Akomas, describing the exercise as a sham.
At a town hall meeting with his supporters at his Aba Road Campaign Office Wednesday, Ohajuruka,_who currently represents Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal
Constituency, said he would now pursue his Governorship ambition on the platform of the LP.
He said he chose LP because the party has no godfather in Abia and was free from any external influence, unlike PPA where he said the out come of the primaries was influenced by external forces.
Ohajuruka added that what happened at the PP A congress was allocation of votes and positions, saying ,that anything that is fraudulent would never produce good result.
According to him, he called the town hall meeting to intimate his supporters of the development and to seek their input on which political party they should join to realise their ambition.
“In the face of challenges, we have decided to take the bull by the horn. We are coming from a high moral background to show leadership by example
“We have examined the manifesto of other political parties and we found that of the Labour Party more appealing. Other parties are making moves to adopt us but we prefer the LP because it is a party for the masses .
“In LP, there is no godfather or any external influence. This is the new face of a new political machinery . We call ourselves the Integrity Group. This is a total departure from the past,” Ohajuruka told his supporters, adding that he would now freely pursue his agenda to liberate Abia.
Also speaking, Chief Obi Aguocha, another Governorship aspirant on the platform of the PPA, told the meeting that Ohajuruka and himself have quit BPA and were looking up to their supporters to point to which direction they should go, saying that their politics would be based on integrity.
Ohajuruka Campaign Organisation Director, Chief G. C.Onyemaobi, described LP as a virgin ground and enjoined supporters to spread the good news at the grassroots to enable Ohajuruka realize his Governorship ambition.
Meanwhile, Akomas has extended his hands of fellowship to Ohajuruka, asking him not to dump PPA but join hands with him to liberate the state, saying that he was a “party flag bearer and a team leader.”
“Please, don’t go to anywhere. PPA is our family. Let us work out modalities and forge ahead. We are all one formidable team. I most humbly appeal to you to give us the opportunity to do well for Abia together.
“In this race there is no victor, no vanquished, only a flag bearer/team leader. God will surely bless you as you put your experience and expertise towards the emancipation of Abia State,” Akomas appealed to those who lost to him”,
Reacting to the defection of Ohajuruka to Labour Party despite his appeal, Akomas said that” it was his right but I have appealed to him to remain so that we work together to save the state. It is unfortunate that he is taking that decision, but I will continue to appeal to him.”
Akomas polled 2,188 votes to beat Ohajuruka, who polled a total of 629 votes. Other aspirants who participated in the election were Dr. Max Nduaguibe who scored 74 votes and Mr. Obi Aguocha who polled 27 votes. There were a total of 149 void votes.