The ruling All Progressives Congress has begun persuasion on more South-East governors to join the party and dump the major opposition party, The Peoples Democratic Party.
This follows the recent cross carpeting of the Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi, from the region to the APC.
Mai Mala Buni, the APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee led by the Yobe State Governor, addressed the APC leaders in the South-East to extend their persuasion to more governors and National Assembly members in the region.
It could be gathered that those who are being targeted most by the party leaders were the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu; Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi; and Anambra State Governor, Willy Obiano .
The PDP, whose members were targeted, said it was not disturbed by the APC’s advances, but hurricane of decamping would hit the APC soon.
The opposition party stand its ground that the constitution guaranteed freedom of association.
It also noted that it had not reached a time when zoning of the presidency and other political offices would be decided.
On Monday, an excellent member of the APC said, “Apart from Umahi, who is coming in a matter of days, we are preparing to receive more governors from the South-East. Our people are discussing with more governors from the South-East.
“For now, we are reaching out to the Anambra State Governor, Willie Obiano, and the Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, as well as their Enugu State counterpart, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi. Our leaders in the South-East, including Hope Uzodimma, Uzor Kalu and Rochas Okorocha, are also talking to people in the zone.
“Apart from the governors, we are also expecting members of the state and National Assemblies to also come on board.”
Last week Umahi, at a meeting with the PDP National Working Committee in Abuja told the party leaders that he could remain in the party with the condition that the 2023 presidential ticket was zoned to the South-East, but the party leaders could not agree to.