Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha has defended his membership of the APC, declaring that the future political fortunes of Ndigbo are better served in the new mega political party.
Okorocha who sang the praises of the new party in a town hall of the Imo State Congress of America 2013 national convention in Atlanta, USA, also reacted to a purported suspension by a faction of APGA, saying that the wellbeing of Ndigbo remains paramount in all his action and would continue to take steps to assist Igbos to regain their rightful place in the political equation of Nigeria.
“APC remains the best vehicle to promote the interest of our people. PDP has marginalized the south east and has nothing to show for all its years in power”.
Governor Okorocha urged Ndigbo to embrace the APC because it guarantees equity and political opportunities denied by the ruling party. He said the purported action of a faction of APGA is of little political consequence as the party lacks the national spread to ensure Igbos make significant headway in the political leadership of the nation.
He described the APC as a national party made up of progressive elements determined to ensure equitable distribution of political offices to all tribes in the country and as one of the tripod on which the country stands, the APC was set to redress the injustices to Ndigbo made by the PDP and urged all progressives south easterners to line up behind the new party and ensure it produces the next leaders of the country at all levels.
“Igbos has not produced the President, Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House or the Chief Justice of the Federation but I am confident under APC, one or more of these positions will come to the southeast”.
Gov. Okorocha urged Ndigbo to channel their energies and resources towards the development of their homeland and suggested a set date for Nigerians in the diaspora to return home.
“Our people should learn to leave America and return home at a certain date to contribute meaningfully to the development of our dear state”.
He pledged the commitment of his administration towards providing enabling environment to assist those willing to return home.
“My administration has embarked on projects that have significantly improved infrastructure in the state and has tackled the issue of security such that for the past six months the issue of kidnapping and other social vices have reduced significantly”.
He challenged those really interested in tapping the potentials of the state to partner with his administration for mutual benefit.
The governor however warned Igbos in the diaspora to guard against greed and corruption, urging them to lend a hand to the less privileged in the society.