Former Minister of Aviation and current Senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah has dimped the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Political watchers are wondering if the latest development is not unconnected with Oduah’s travails in the courts where the Economic and Financial Commission (EFCC) is trying her over her financial dealings.
Last month, a federal high court in Abuja threatened to issue a bench warrant of arrest on former Aviation Minister and serving senator Stella Oduah, if she failed to make herself available for trial on October 19 slated for her arraignment in an alleged N10B fraud
The senator jumped the boat shortly after meeting with the Chairman, Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee(CECPC), Mai Malama Buni in Abuja on Thursday.
Speaking to journalists at the end of the very brief ceremony which was witnessed by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, Governor of Kebbi State, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Oduah said her decision to leave the PDP for APC was dictated by the need to engage in progressive politics for her constituency and the people of Anambra State.
The Governor of IMO State and Chairman, APC Campaign Committee on Anambra Election, Hope Uzodima was said to be the brain behind Oduah’s defection from the PDP to the APC to strengthen the chances of the party and its candidate, Andy Uba in the forthcoming November 6, Governorship election in Anambra State.
Oduah served as Minister of Aviation under PDP during the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan between 2011 and 2014.
She was also an active member of the political campaign “Neighbour-to-Neighbour” of former President Jonathan where she served as his campaign’s Director of Administration and Finance.
▪︎ Additional report by National Update