The Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, has disclosed that three serving southeast governors would soon join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The governor disclosed during the APC southeast stakeholders’ meeting at the Imo International Conference Centre in Owerri, the state’s capital.
He called on the people of the region to continue to support the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration so that the Igbos would not be left out in the scheme of things at the national level.
Governor Okorocha further disclosed that as a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, joins the APC, the vacuum of a national leader would be filled.
“Now that Igbo leaders are together in APC, Nigerians will hear us. There is a vaccum of leadership in the Southeast APC.
“I am a governor, my brothers Chris Ngige and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu are Ministers; hence the importance of Ken Nnamani coming at this time.
Right Party For The Igbos
“I decline of the leadership of Ndi-Igbo in APC. With Ken Nnamani, the question of who is the leader of APC in the southeast has been answered. Ken Nnamani is the leader of APC in the southeast.
“Senator Nnamani should then work with other leaders like Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Jim Nwobodo and a host of others to give Ndi-Igbo political direction.
“Those who have joined the party or who want to join should do so to build the party and not to cause confusion. APC is the right party for the Igbos and the only party that can guarantee Igbo presidency.
“We are going to support President Muhammadu Buhari for the eight years he is going to lead the nation.
“This is the time for Ndi-Igbo to come and work together. We are also going to use the Anambra election to show that APC has arrived southeast.
“The Igbos played bad politics in 2015. Today we have lost a lot. We are not anywhere because of our bad politics,” Okorocha added.
Politics Of Ideas
Supporting the notion, Senator Nnamani said the Igbos need more of their representatives at the national leadership of the APC where decisions were made, and even at the National Assembly and other strategic areas.
“Some of us going into APC are not doing so because of hunger, but in the interest of the Igbos.
“We should play politics of ideas, and avoid abusive words. Ndi-Igbo do not have the ingredients for opposition politics. We do not have the media or business or money to play opposition politics, but we won’t ask for handouts.
“How the Yorubas voted in 2015 should be an eye-opener. They voted both sides, but the south-east put their eggs in one basket. I am not of the view that everybody should be in APC, but those who have seen the need should do so.
“If governor Okorocha has realized that he needs more hands in APC, he should be commended. We are worst enemies of ourselves. If we work together we will go very very far. This is the time to play National Politics.
“Some people could say we have the Deputy Senate President, but he does not attend the meeting of APC caucus where important decisions are taken.
“We must think ahead. The benefit of that office is therefore personal and does not enhance the political fortunes of the south-east people,” the former Senate President said.