Emeka Ojukwu jnr, son of late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, founder of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has dumped the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ojukwu made his declaration on Wednesday in Awka at a rally for Tony Nwoye, the APC candidate for the November 18 Anambra governorship election.
President Muhammadu Buhari, John Odigie-Oyegun, APC national chairman; 12 APC governors, members of the national assembly, among other party bigwigs, witnessed the event.
Ojukwu said his decision to join the party was to protect the interest of the Igbos, adding that it was time for the people of the south-east region to move from “the recession of the periphery to the centre”.
He said: “It is time to leave the shadows for light. Every now and then, they come out with my father’s shadow to confuse the people.”
He further said APGA is a means to an end, and not an end itself.
Ojukwu said the reason his father joined the National Party of Nigeria in the second republic was to ensure that Igbo people remained in the mainstream of Nigerian politics.
“Mr President, I am proud to stand here today in support of you and in solidarity with the APC and our candidate, Tony Nwoye,” he said.
The APC national chairman presented the party symbol to him and described the rally as “another historic campaign”