Former Minister of Aviation, Senator Stella Oduah, says she dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to be part of the process of changing the political narrative in the South East.
Oduah’s defection was revealed in a statement issued by APC spokesperson, Salisu Na’inna Dambatta.
The statement said the former minister was received at a brief ceremony in Abuja on Thursday and admitted into the party by the Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and Governor of Yobe State, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, and the Chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State; Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma; and the Deputy President of the Senate, Obarisi Ovie Omo-Agege.
Speaking, Buni congratulated Oduah for joining the party and assured her of rights as all other members of the party.
According to him, Oduah “will enjoy the privileges enjoyed by all members of the party because you will have a waiver.”
In her remark, the former minister said she joined the APC family as part of the process of the changing political narrative in the South East.
Oduah assured that she joined the APC along with her multitude of supporters who have been jubilating in Anambra State.
Ms Oduah’s defection comes about a month after the Federal High Court in Abuja threatened to issue a warrant for her arrest after failing to appear in court for her corruption trial.
She is being charged with laundering funds to the tune of N5 billion alongside Chinese construction giant, CCECC.
Nigeria’s anti-graft agency, EFCC, had in December 2020, filed 25 counts accusing both parties of laundering various sums of money totalling about N5,052,415,984 between February and June 2014.
They were also accused of conspiracy to commit money laundering, transferring, taking control, and taking possession of proceeds of fraud, aiding and abetting money laundering, and opening anonymous bank accounts.