- Around 150,000 All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) members are moving to the United Progressives Party (UPP) in Imo state
- Five other political parties are also joining the UPP in what is now seen as a major political merger
- The move has reportedly given an advantage to the UPP's governorship candidate in the 2019 general elections, Honourable Tony Nwulu
No fewer than 150,000 members of APGA are set to defect to the UPP in Imo state ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The APGA faithful in the state are said to be heading to the UPP to give further boost to the governorship aspiration of a leading governorship aspirant in the party, Honourable Tony Nwulu.
The defection is coming barely few weeks after the Supreme Court gave a verdict declaring Victor Oye as the national chairman of the party.
NAIJ.com gathered that those who were not favoured by the ruling of the nation’s apex court are the ones leaving APGA for the UPP where they are expected to team up with Nwulu.
Nwulu, a member of the House of Representatives widely known for initiating the Not Too Young To Run bill which was signed into law by President Muhammadu Buhari recently, defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the UPP.
His governorship ambition has reportedly raised the tempo of the governorship contest by attracting massive support and endorsement from thousands of youths in the state.
The defection has been planned for a date yet to be scheduled in Owerri, the Imo state capital, and has been described as the “mother of all political rallies” that will take place in recent times.
Political analysts are of the opinion that the defection would certainly alter the political equation in the state and energise the UPP to become the much anticipated “Third Force” in Imo politics as the 2019 general elections draws near.
In addition, five political parties in the state are said to be already in talks and have already indicated their willingness to endorse Nwulu’s governorship ambition. Though the names of the political parties are yet to be unveiled, there are clear indications that the political parties will further boost Nwulu’s governorship bid.
With the split in Imo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), comprising two rival factions, there are indications that some notable members of one of the factions have already opened talks with top chieftains of the UPP in the state and expressed willingness to support Nwulu’s guber aspiration.
The UPP is one of the registered political parties in Imo state and its ideology is known to tilt to towards championing the interests of Igbos.
Nwulu recently dumped the PDP due to what he termed, “irreconcilable conflicts in the party.”
He made this known at a news conference on Tuesday, July 24, shortly after the plenary session where he also announced his defection to the UPP.
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