January 18, 2017(Nyamilepedia) —— Former chairman of SPLM Party in Kapoeta North County Lokai Iko Loteyo defected from South Sudan government and joined SPLM/A in Opposition under the leadership of former First Vice President Dr. Riek Machar Teny.
Mr. Lokai Iko was received and welcomed to the SPLM/A-IO deputy chairman and deputy commander-in-chief Henry Odwar.
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Mr. Lokai previously served as Chairman of SPLM Party in Kapoeta North County, served as Commissioner of Kapoeta North County and later became Local Government Minister in Eastern Equatoria State. SPLM/A-IO insiders think Lokai comes with huge grassroots support.
In a similar but different development, SPLM/A-IO is hit by another defection. Members of the SPLM/A-IO who defected Khartoum to re-join SPLM-in Government (SPLM-IG) under President Salva Kiir include Hon. Sabit Magok, Rita Thomas, Hon. Gatjang Biliu, John Matip Gatluok, Gen. George Ruony Kot, Thomas Wijial chop and Susan Peter Machar.
They were received in Juba International Airport by Presidential press secretary Ateny Wek Ateny.