The Abia State chapter of Accord has reacted to the purported resignation of Prince Okpere Udo, its deputy governorship candidate, and his defection to a rival party.

In a brief media chat, Ogbonnaya Uma, the state party chairman, described the move by the erstwhile deputy governorship candidate as ‘laughable and unjustifiable’, and one that has no effect on the victory of the party and the imminent emergence of Bishop Emeka Nwankpa as governor on March 18.

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While not disputing Okpere Udo’s right to freedom of association, the party helmsman said that the legal department of the party and the national leadership of the party were reviewing the situation with a view to knowing what legal steps to take.

Uma used the opportunity to urge members of the party to remain calm and unperturbed, and reassured them that with Bishop Emeka Nwankpa, the victory of the party in the rescheduled election is guaranteed.

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The party chairman further said that the position of the party on the issue would be made known in no distant time.

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