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Tuesday, 6 August 2013

“Okorocha’s suspension is to pave way for APGA merger with PDP” – APC

Gov Rochas Okorocha
]The All Progressives Congress (APC) in South East has described the suspension of Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) as “the final phase of a possible merger of the party (APGA) with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).”
In a statement issued by APC South East Zonal Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, the party recalled that “the first phase to merge APGA with PDP started with the South East Zonal Rally of the PDP before the 2011 general elections, where APGA publicly declared support for the PDP.”
APC lamented that “APGA National Chairman, Victor Umeh, who fought gallantly against this unholy merger, has finally capitulated.”
Continuing, “With the exit of Dim Emeka Odimegwu Ojukwu, Dikedioramma Ndigbo, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State commenced the final phase of the merger.
“Let’s not forget that our revered leader, Dim Ojukwu was first BoT chairman of the All Peoples Party (APP) and if he was alive, he would have been the first Igbo man to embrace the APC.
“We regret that APGA National Chairman, Chief Victor Umeh, who fought gallantly against this unholy merger, capitulated lately.

“It is the considered view of APC South East Zone that 14 years down the line, Ndigbo gave unalloyed support to the PDP without commensurate result; hence it will be foolhardy to continue.
“In 1999, PDP promised and repeatedly before 2003, 2007, 2011 elections the dualisation of Abakaliki-Enugu, Abia-Akwa-Ibom, Kogi-Anambra roads, reconstruction of Port Harcourt-Enugu, Onitsha-Enugu roads, Enugu Coal-Fired-Plant, 2nd Niger Bridge, Onitsha Port etc.
“The rest they say is history, as we are yet to see any ship berthing at the Onitsha Sea Port launched with fanfare by President Goodluck Jonathan nor where the second Niger Bridge is located in any federal budget. What we saw is patching of roads.”
Okechukwu enjoined Ndigbo to register with the APC, stressing that the party will focus on providing critical infrastructure for the industrialisation of Nigeria.
Okorocha, who reacted to his suspension, maintained that he joined APC because the future of Ndigbo was bright in the new party.
Speaking in Atlanta at a town hall meeting of the Imo State Congress of America – 2013 National Convention, he said “APC remains the best vehicle to promote the interest of our people. PDP has marginalised the South East and has nothing to show for all its years in power,” he said.
He urged all Igbos to join the APC, which he noted guarantees equity and political opportunities denied by the ruling party.
Okorocha added that “The purported action of a faction of APGA is of little political consequence as the party lacks the national spread to ensure the Igbo make significant headway in the political leadership of the nation

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