Ifeanyi Ubah, the senator-elect of Anambra South Senatorial District, has denied dumping the Young People’s Party (YPP).
The YPP is the political party on which Mr Ubah ran for the senatorial race and was elected.
He polled 87,081 votes in the February 23 election to defeat his major challenger, Chris Uba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who came second with 62,462 votes.
Rumors of the senator-elect defecting to the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) were reported recently by some media houses excluding POLITICS TIMES.
The tittle-tattle gained momentum when he appeared in a meeting involving senators-elect of the APC and the leadership of the party.
But the Capital Oil and Gas boss has denied the rumor, insisting that his decision to caucus with the APC does not mean his is a member of the ruling party.
“I am still with the YPP, we do not have a crisis in my party so why would I leave the party?” Ubah queried when contacted by Premium Times.
“Although the APC Chairman introduced me as a potential APC incoming senator during a dinner I attended, but it is normal for chairmen of parties to do that,” he was quoted as saying.
He said his decision to form a caucus with the APC is hinged on the fact that he cannot be a loner in the coming 9th Senate as he is the only one from his party that will be forming the next legislative dispensation.
“I am caucusing with the party because I cannot be a loner at the Senate.
“It’s either I move with the opposition or the ruling party, and I chose the ruling party, but it doesn’t mean I have joined them,” he said.
The business man is one among senators-elect who have thrown their weight behind Ahmed Lawan, Leader of the 8th Senate, who aspires to be be Senate President in the 9th Senate.