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Former Aviation Minister Stella Oduah Defects To APC



Amid the crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah, has dumped the party for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

Naija News reports that the Senator representing Anambra North in the National Assembly left the opposition PDP to the ruling APC on Thursday.

The lawmaker was unveiled as an APC member by the National Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, at a brief ceremony held in Abuja on Thursday.

Present at the ceremony includes Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), Atiku Bagudu, Deputy Senate President, Ovie Omo-Agege, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State and Senator Andy Uba.

Speaking at the event, the APC Caretaker Chairman promised that she would be granted all the privileges accorded to APC members.

You will enjoy the privileges enjoyed by all members of the party because you will have a waiver,” Buni said.

On her part, Oduah said she joined the ruling party because she wants to change the “political narrative” in the South East region of the country.

According to the Senator, her supporters in Anambra are “jubilating” that she defected from the PDP to the APC.

Recall that Oduah was appointed as a member of the PDP campaign council for the Anambra governorship election coming up on November 6.

The members of the campaign council were unveiled at a ceremony held by the state chapter of the party at Senator Uche Ekwunife Events Centre in Awka on August 14.

According to the party, Senator Uche Ekwunife will serve as chairperson to the campaign council while Senator Oduah was suppose serve as the co-chairperson; Dr Winston Udeh will serve as the vice-chairman.

Dr Alex Obiogbolu will serve as the Director-General (DG) while Chris Azubogu, Gabriel Onyenwife and Dr A. A. Anagu are to serve as zonal directors of campaign South, North and Central respectively.

Other members include Tim Egboka, a former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly; Tony Offiah, a prominent PDP stalwart; Ugochukwu Okeke, former governorship aspirant, and a former lawmaker, George Ozodinobi.

Others and their portfolio as announced by the party Eucharia Azodo (Religious Groups), Emeka Etiaba (Legal); Chidi Onyemelukwu (Women Mobilisation), Obinna Ufudo (Finance), Don Onochie (Contacts and Mobilisation), Valentine Ayika (Strategy and Planning), Aziza Uko (Media and Communications), Ejike Oguebego (Inter and Intra Party Affairs) and Rose Nwankwo (Support Groups).

Others are: Joe Martins Uzodike (Publicity), Chudi Akude (Research, Statistics, and Training); Ogom Izukanne (Youth Mobilisation); Fab Ozoigbo (Campaign Operations); Benji Uba (Transport); Chikaodili Obiefuna (Welfare); Chinelo Ofoche (Protocols); and Chuba Oranusi (Non-Indigenous Groups).

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.