The crisis rocking All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday took another twist after Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Acho Ihim, led 14 other lawmakers to dump the party.
Also, three members of the People’s Democratic Party, apparently to have seen the line towed by Speaker, announced their defection.
The 18 lawmakers left their parties to join another party, Action Alliance (AA), barely days after the State Governor, Rochas Okorocha’s son in-law joined the party.
Ihim made the announcement while reading a letter written by the defectors during an emergency sitting at the chamber of the State House of Assembly in Owerri, the state capital.
He explained that 15 lawmakers of the ruling APC, including himself, as well as three lawmakers of the PDP, decided to join AA to further their political life.
According to him, the APC members cited the injustice, impunity and abuse of rule of law allegedly by the leadership of the APC as their major reasons for dumping the party.
With the latest development, the Action Alliance party has the majority of the number of members in the House while the APC remains the minority.
Reacting over the lawmakers action, the State APC Chairman, Daniel Nwafor, described the lawmakers’ decision as unfortunate and regrettable.
Nwafor told newsmen that the defection by the lawmakers would affect the party.
He was, however, confident that the APC would remain strong and work hard to win elections in the state in 2019.
“I have received the news of the defection of some APC lawmakers to Action Alliance and I must say it’s regrettable and unfortunate,” the APC chairman admitted.
“Their defection will surely shake our party, the All Progressives Congress, but we will not be deterred.
“We have to remain strong and re-strategise to cover up for the loss, it’s politics. We have to unite in our party and remain focus so we can win the general elections come 2019,” he added.