The chairman of the Abia State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Johnson Onuigbo, has assured returnees to the party of full integration and assured that they would never be treated as if they had ever left the party.
Further assuring them of their “rights and privileges” as foundation members he acknowledged that their absence from the party during the 2015 election made the victory of the PDP very difficult as they were key factors in Abia politics.
Onuigbo who gave the assurance at a meeting organised by the State Working Committee (SWC) of the party to specially welcome them back to PDP after their sojourn in other political parties during the build up to the 2015 polls added that he was optimistic that their return would bring more sweeping victory for the party in the next elections.
The returnees, had defected mainly to the All Progressive Congress APC and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) included former chieftain of APGA and one-time member of the House of Representatives, Chief Damian Ozurumba, former Commissioner for Works, Chief Enyinnaya Ubani, and former Commissioner for Finance, Chief Emma Ibegbulam, as well as former council chairmen cut across the 17 local government areas of the state
He said that the SWC was using the special meeting with the 12 prominent politicians and foundation members of the party in the state to celebrate their return and to reassure them of their importance to the party.