Ifeoma Okoya-Thomas, the African Democratic Party’s deputy governorship candidate in Abia, admits to have defected to the Labour Party.
Okoya-Thomas reportedly revealed this during a Wednesday interactive session with newsmen in Umuahia, according to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
She claimed that she made the decision to run for office with the LP because it would give her the chance to put her vision for helping the state develop into reality.
She continued by stating that she had discovered she shared the same beliefs and goals as Dr. Alex Otti, the Liberation Party’s candidate for governor, to free the people of Abia from decades of suffering brought on by poor leadership.
“I have chosen at this time, to declare for LP and the person of Otti, because we have the same vision to change the narrative of Abia.
“I discover we have a similar vision, which is to propagate the cause of Abia.
“I had the vision and I want to be part of the mission to liberate the state and its people and also fix its infrastructure.
“The mission is, for once, let people experience and get the dividend of democracy and become partakers in what belongs to Abia, not what we have gone through in the last couple of years,” she said.
Okoya-Thomas further said that Abia people had suffered tremendously in all spheres because the state had been in the hands of inept and incompetent leaders.
According to her, Abia people are not happy and our state seems to be the most backward in the country.
“Things are really bad for our people and they want a change.
“I know that with Otti at the helm of affairs, Abia will have that positive change,” Okoya-Thomas said.
She said that she had always had high regards for Otti, even though they never met, because she considered him a technocrat, rather than politician.
She further explained that having assessed other governorship candidates, she decided to declare support for Otti because he had demonstrated that he possessed the capacity and competence to transform the state.
Okoya-Thomas said: “He has proven his mettle, having successfully run large establishments that are still strong and doing well.
“With his pedigree and achievements in the private sector, I am confident that he has the competence that Abia needs to move forward and compete favourably with other states of the federation.”
She said that she was joining LP along with her political structure and teeming supporters in different parts of the state.
Okoya-Thomas, who had worked as a communication expert and in the maritime sector, also said that she was bringing into the party, her leadership skill, experience and passion to achieve a better Abia.
“My people from Isialangwa and support groups from across the state told me that they are moving to LP but cannot go without my leading them.
“My mission in life is to help actualize their dream and contribute in making life more meaningful for them in a better Abia,” she said. (NAN)