Many people did not understand or believe it when the ruling party boasted that it would win more states in the South East ahead of 2023.
Gradually, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has succeed in making the number of states it controls in the South East to be two. It achieved this through the same strategy called defection. This happened when APC headed by Governor Mai Mala Buni and other leaders of the party succeeded in convincing Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State to dump the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and join the ruling party. It worked for them.
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After Umahi joined APC, the party now controls Imo State and Ebonyi State. That is, two states out of five in the South East. There were reports that APC was working hard to get the Governors of Enugu State, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi and Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu to defect to its fold. Since that has not worked out, APC is still deploying the same defection strategy in the South East as it targets Anambra State.
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All eyes on Anambra ahead of November 6 epic clash
This is the bigger picture for APC. True, it may not have strong structures in the South East. APC then decided to still use the powerful strategy of defection to swell its rank in Anambra with a view to winning the election. APC is using defection consciously as if its victory in the Anambra governorship election depends on it.
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To back this claim, the APC Caretaker Committee Chairman publicly boasted that defection is already helping them and it could make the APC win Anambra poll. Buni went on to reveal that APC has succeeded in winning over four former and five serving House of Reps members in Anambra. He added that the APC got nine members of Anambra State House of Assembly to join APC from both All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA and PDP. More people later joined the APC included Senator Joy Emodi, Senator Stella Oduah, former Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly Hon. Rita Maduagwu among others.
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At last, APC succeeded in getting the big catch as the Deputy Governor of Anambra, Dr Nkem Okeke defected to the party. He defected with many of his supporters. That shows how serious APC is with its plan to use defection to swing votes for itself ahead of the epic clash. What's more? If it is possible to convince Governor Willie Obiano to defect to APC, the party would have done that.
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After all, it tried to woo Obiano but it failed. APC may be serious about using defection to achieve its goal except the real voters refuse to be swayed by the high profile defections on the main election day. After all, defection in politics does equal to real vote as only the electorate give real votes and not political big names that APC is convincing to defect to its fold.
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