2019: Abia lawmaker, Nwagba dumps PDP with supporters, emerges SDP governorship candidate
Hon. Blessing Nwagba, the member representing Aba North constituency in the Abia State House of Assembly and a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has dumped the party for the Social Democratic Party, SDP, in the state.
Recall that Nwagba, before her defection to SDP, contested for Aba North/Aba south federal constituency seat during the October PDP primary election, but failed to clinch the ticket.
Disclosing this to newsmen on Wednesday, the Abia chairman of SDP and former member of the State House of Assembly, Hon. Chidi Nwosu, explained that the lawmaker defected to SDP with thousands of PDP members and supporters.
Nwosu also disclosed that the leaders and stakeholders of Social Democratic Party, SDP, unanimously fielded Hon. Blessing Nwagba as the gubernatorial flag bearer of SDP in Abia state in the upcoming 2019 election.
Asked if he has confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, of conducting credible election in 2019, the SDP chairman said, “We have confidence in electoral umpire to conduct credible election come 2019.
“The credibility of 2019 election will rest solely on the competitiveness of the political parties, and the zeal and willingness of the party to ensure that they police the votes that could arise from the election”.
On President Muhammadu Buhari’s delay in assenting the amended Electoral act, Nwosu said, “Mr. President having not assented to the amended electoral act, does not indicate that he will not assent to it. Because, he still has time to assent to the amendment.
“Anybody who is raising unnecessary issues now, is only trying to represent President Buhari in bad blood. So for me, I believe that Mr. President is a gentleman, he does not want to derail 2019 general elections.
“And he does not intend that the old order, which is very wrong order, should continue the way they are been. Even though he benefitted from that.”