There are strong indications that the political class in the South East geo-political zone of the country has perfected plans to defect to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2019 general elections.
According to Chief Kenneth Eke this was the major outcome of a meeting of political leaders from the zone which held in Enugu recently to chart a way forward for the Igbos to be part of the central government.
According to Eke, the Igbo political leaders of thought are concerned that the region is losing out in the national equation because of playing politics of opposition and exclusion; and have resolved that in 2019, the zone must align with the central government to become relevant in the scheme of things.
“The Igbo political leadership has weighed the options of being in opposition and aligning with the central government and has come to the conclusion that it is better to be with the centre and has accordingly, resolved to ask politicians from the zone to join the APC. They said that their South West counterparts, because of playing politics of inclusion and aligning with the central government are carried along in the scheme of things in the country and the Igbos can no longer afford to lose out or remain in opposition”, he said.
As the plan for the defection of the zone to the APC thickens, it was learnt over the weekend that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the major opposition party in the country, has become jittery and is reaching out to some of its political leaders in the zone to appeal to them to halt the planned defection.
One of such leaders, it was learnt is a serving senator from Imo State whom the national leadership of the PDP has concluded plans to approach for the purpose. The national leadership of the PDP believes that given the cult personality of the said senator in the PDP and his large followership, if he is not courted to remain in the party, it would spell doom for the PDP in 2019.
In that regard, it was gathered that the National Working Committee (NWC) led by the national chairman of the PDP, Chief Uche Secondus will any moment from now meet with the senator on agreed terms and conditions which the senator is likely to give to the party.
It is because of the ongoing courtship of the senator by the PDP not to leave the party that he has not declared his next political move. It was further gathered that the senator is a strong advocate for the South-East to be aligned with national politics.