PDP rubbishes claim Gov. Ikpeazu’s planning to defect to APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as ‘rumour of the season’, reports from certain quarters that Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State is planning to decamp to the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The position of the PDP was made known, on Thursday, by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Debo Ologunagba.

There had been rumours of a planned defection by Governor Ikpeazu gathered traction again on Thursday after his visit to President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Villa, in Abuja.

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However, when contacted, the PDP spokesperson shut down the speculations of a possible defection, saying PDP is a very stable party and the Governor has no reason to defect.

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“This is a season of rumours and untruths. So, we at the PDP consider the purported defection plan as one of the rumours being circulated by those who enjoy doing so.

“Nigerians know that the PDP is very stable as I speak. So, none of our governors would contemplate defection to the other party.

“Please, take Governor Ikpeazu’s purported defection plan for what it is: one of the rumours of the season.”

However, it would be recalled as earlier reported that the Abia State Government had also debunked reports that Governor Ikpeazu’s visit to President Buhari was part of a grand plan for his defection.

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The Abia State Government in a statement released, on Thursday night, by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Onyebuchi Ememanka, explained that Governor Ikpeazu’s visit had no relation to any planned defection to the APC.

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The statement also clarified that Governor Ikpeazu was not planning to dump the PDP for the ruling party.

According to Ememanka, Governor Ikpeaxu was, in Abuja, to visit the President and discuss plans to further develop Abia State and not for political reasons.

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