The numbers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the upper chamber of the national assembly was further depleted on Thursday as the senator representing Anambra North, Stella Oduah defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) amid jubilations in the camps of the ruling party.
Oduah was received into the fold of the ruling party at a brief ceremony held in Abuja on Thursday.
Mai Mala Buni, national chairman of the APC caretaker committee; Ovie Omo-Agege, deputy senate president; Atiku Bagudu, chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), and Hope Uzodimma, Imo governor, were present at the event.
Speaking at the event, Buni promised that she would be granted all the privileges accorded to APC members.
“You will enjoy the privileges enjoyed by all members of the party because you will have a waiver,” the Yobe governor said.
On her part, Oduah said she joined the ruling party because she wants to change the “political narrative” in the southeast region of the country.
The senator said her supporters in Anambra are “jubilating” that she joined the APC.
Andy Uba, a former senator and APC candidate in the November 2021 Anambra governorship election, was also present at the event.
Senator Oduah’s public service is not without controversy that borders on integrity.
For instance, in 2007 while serving as the minister of aviation under president Goodluck Jonathan, she was grilled by the anti-corruption agency, EFCC, on her role in the outrageous purchase of BMW bulletproof cars at the cost of N255million.
In another instance, her claim of having an MBS degree from St. Paul’s college was also questioned.
To substantiate this, Saharareporters, on Jan 6th 2014 quoted authorities at St. Paul’s College, where Mrs Oduah claimed she studied for bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as saying they did not award her an MBA at any time as the university does not even have a graduate school or graduate programme