The Anambra South Senatorial district Senator- elect, Mr. Ifeanyi Ubah has dumped the Young Progressive Party (YPP) on whose platform he was elected for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole announced Ubah’s defection on Monday at the APC National Working Committee members, returning/newly-elected senators dinner at the Presidential Villa, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Oshiomhole said Ubah was smart for joining the APC.
Ubah’s defection came barely a month after he won election as senator. Last Friday at a press conference, Ubah denied plans to dump the YPP.
He said, “I am not yet ready to defect from the YPP. I am still in the YPP. In party business, you can’t determine what would happen next. Sometimes you wake up and you will start seeing one problem or the other. For me today, I am in the YPP and I hope to remain in the party.
“The YPP is bringing a revolution of change to Nigeria. I must join a progressive group in the Senate since I cannot be alone. The YPP is the party to beat in this country. I won my election without the party having an office in any part of Anambra State.”
The APC candidate for the Anambra South Senatorial District and incumbent Senator Andy Uba has gone to the Tribunal challenging the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) declaration of Ubah as the winner of February 23 Senatorial polls.
Ubah’s defection is not unconnected with his ambition to contest the 2021 Gubernatorial election in the state.
The CEO of Capital Oil and Gas was formerly a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where he contested the governorship primary in 2017. He left the party for the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) few days to the November 14, 2017 governorship election in the state. He again left APGA for the YPP in 2018 following his inability to secure the party’s senatorial ticket, a situation he attributed to the reneging of the agreement he reached with the state’s governor, Wille Obiano before he supported the later’s reelection in 2017.