Ikedi Ohakim, a former governor of Imo State, has decamped from the Peoples' Democratic Party, PDP, to the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.
Ohakim, who governed the state from 2007 to 2011 under the PDP platform, pledged his alliance to APGA at a rally on Saturday in Owerri, the state capital.
He also used the occasion to declare his intention to become governor of the state for a second time.
He pledged to reinvent the democratic and cultural norms of the state, which, according to him, has been destroyed.
Ohakim said, " I want to declare to you all that I have changed my political identity. And I am running to complete my tenure and serve Imo State under APGA.
"I am running in order to help the good people of Imo State to recover their state so that they can function once again in accordance to known norms, not just democratic norms but also social, economic and cultural norms."
Ohakim also informed the crowd that he will probe the administration of the Rochas Okorocha, the incumbent Governor, should be elected into the Imo Government House for the second time.
“I am the only former governor of the state that is still electable and who has the capacity to fix Imo.
“I handed over N26.6bn to Rochas Okorocha in 2011. If I am re-elected in 2019, I will use all democratic means to make sure that Imo fund is recovered. I will retrieve Imo Eastern Palm University and make it the Orlu campus of the Imo State University", he said.