👤 By Adenike Lucas, DENISAURUS News
The Senator representing Anambra North, who was first elected in 2015, has decided to quit the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and become a member of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.
In 2019, Senator Stella Oduah, 56, plans to fight for re-election under APGA, a party she believes “possesses the Midas-touch to turn the south-east into a land of gold.”
The former Aviation Minister who is expected to communicate her defection to the National Assembly in the next few weeks, said: “My brothers and sisters, it is with great delight that I come before you today. This occasion is momentous because it marks the beginning of a new political chapter for me.
“As a senator, my first obligation is to my constituency, then my state and Igbo-land; it is on this note that I announce my intention to run for the Anambra North Senatorial seat under the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.”
She spoke about her fight to develop Anambra state, adding: “I was accused of influencing the project to favour my people. But I was not deterred because of my ‘onye aghana nwane ya’ principle. At the time, the south-east was the only region without an international airport.
“So, I saw to it that justice was done in this regard. When I sponsored the South-East Development Commission Bill in the Senate in 2017, it was to drive the Igbo agenda. It was an expression of a potent desire to see a change in my homeland, and an exemplification of that sacred Igbo philosophy.
“The bill sought, among other things, to create a commission which will provide and implement a roadmap for the development of infrastructure and social services in the five states of the south-east – Anambra, Abia, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo. Let me say this here, as Senator representing Anambra North, the bill will see the light of day again. As you all know, the south-east is a region with the least federal government presence – in terms of projects.
“The region grapples with ecological problems, bad roads, poor electricity, unemployment and decrepit infrastructure. It is also the region with the least appointment in the federal government.
“Besides other factors, I believe the neglect of the region fuelled the recent agitations for an independent state by some groups.
“I must say, the Igbo have achieved some progress even without the intervention of the federal government. Anambra state, for instance, has made tremendous progress under His Excellency, Governor Willie Obiano, with meagre federal government monetary allocations. Also, I know some Igbo citizens even volunteer to construct the roads of their communities out of love and dedication to their people.”