He also resigned his position as chairman of the PDP.
In his resignation letter dated January 25, 2019, Ezekwem said his decision to abandon PDP was based on the approval of his supporters and the prevailing circumstances facing his party.
Reacting to the defection on Monday, an official of the APC in the state described it as a big catch.
According to the official, who spoke to The Nation on the condition of anonymity, said: “We’ve shifted the celebration of Ezekwem’s defection to a later date because of the tragic death of one of us and senatorial aspirant, Engr. Ndubuisi Emenike.
“But I can assure you that His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodinma will officially welcome them into the party in a very large ceremony.”
He added that soon, one of the PDP former senators would officially defect to the APC to give credence to the fact the Imo is APC state.
Ezekwem’s resignation followed the defection of the Deputy National Auditor of the PDP, Regis Uwakwe to the APC following the victory of APC and Senator Hope Uzodinma at the Supreme Court penultimate week.
Nine members of the Imo State House of Assembly defected from their parties to the All Progressives Congress (APC), citing various reasons for their defection.
Four members left the Action Alliance (AA), two defected from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) while three defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).