Former Governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ohakim announced his defection at Okohia, his country home in Isiala Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State.
The ceremony was witnessed by members of the state working committee of the party, led by the state chairman, Marcon Nlemigbo. Other dignitaries were Governor Hope Uzodimma, represented by Secretary to the State Government, Chief Cosmos Iwu; Chief of Staff to the governor, Nnamdi Anyaehie, Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Paul Ibezim.
While welcoming Ohakim to the party, Governor Uzodimma said the APC is delighted to have him in their fold, pointing out that he has no doubt in his mind that his coming would add value to efforts made by his administration to bring development to the state and improve the quality of lives of the people.
The former governor said he was moved by the fact that the administration of Governor Uzodimma was pursuing people oriented policies and programmes.
He was elected as governor of Imo State in 2007 on the political platform of Peoples Progressive Party (PPA) but later abandoned his party returned to the PDP.
He was one of the founding members of the PDP in Imo State and remained a PDP member until November 2006, when he defected to the Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA) to contest for the state governorship election.