BATTLE FOR THE SOUL OF SOUTH EAST: Imo ALGON Backs Uzodinma’s Declaration For APC
weeks after Senator Hope Uzodimma joined All Progressives Congress (APC), the Imo State chapter of the Association of Local Government Councils in Nigeria (ALGON), has thrown its weight behind the declaration, assuring of their unflinching support for him and for his political aspirations.
A statement in Owerri, by Enyinnia Onuegbu an executive of Imo State ALGON, said the Association had an emergency meeting on Saturday in Owerri, to deliberate on Senator Hope Uzodimma’s declaration for APC and resolved to stand by him all the way both in APC and in his political aspirations.
Sen. Hope Uzodimma, Imo West, formerly of the PDP declared for APC last week at the APC national Headquarters in Abuja, where he was reportedly received by the APC National Chairman, Chief John Oyegun, state governors, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and other national officers of the party.
Onuegbu in the statement disclosed that Imo ALGON monitored the situation, and decided to take immediate action on the development.
“We deliberated on the development and all the 27 local governments in the state were in agreement that we support the senator’s declaration for APC.” He also added that, “We will also support him in whatever political aspiration he has, because we have tried and tested him and we know that at any time, he is a dependable partner in progress.”
According to Onuegbu, Uzodimma’s defection to APC also enlisted spontaneous commendation from some Imo stakeholders who commended him for finding the courage to say at the declaration, that he will insist on better accommodation for Ndigbo in the APC led federal government and on a Presidency of Igbo extraction in 2023.
Meanwhile, the declaration of Sen. Hope Uzodimma (Imo West) for the All Progressive Congress (APC) has set Imo State agog as many stakeholders are rallying round him in solidarity for stating at the declaration ceremony that he would push for a better accommodation of the South-East in the APC led Federal Government and for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023.
Uzodimma, a former PDP Senator and Chairman of Senate Committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs led Ali Modu Sheriff’s former faction of the PDP to a mass declaration for APC at the party’s Secretariat in Abuja yesterday.
He said the group was joining the APC in the National interest to consolidate the good work of President Buhari in the country by expanding his support base all over the federation. But he also made it clear that he would push for a better accommodation of Ndigbo in the APC led Federal Government and for the South-East to produce the President of the country in 2023.
“Mr. President is doing well, so in the National interest we are joining APC to expand his support base all over the country. I am aware that the South-East has not been fully accommodated in the Federal Government but I am sure that our presence will change things for the better. Moreover, we shall strongly push for the South-East to produce the President of Nigeria in 2023” he said.
Meanwhile, sources close to the Sen. Uzodimma said many Imo stakeholders have called him to congratulate him for his courage in standing up for the interest of the South-East at the declaration. The source said a top politician from Imo whose name he refused to disclose, called the Senator at about 8pm yesterday to thank him for making Ndigbo proud at the event.
Reports from Imo State said many of Uzodimma’s supporters were excited over the Senator’s defection to APC because they believe he will give the party a new lease of life in the State just as he will fight for the interest of Ndigbo at the National level.
National Chairman of APC, Chief Oyegun while receiving them into APC observed that “the eagle has landed” and that there will be a new face of APC in the South-East. He assured the new members that the party was delighted to welcome them into the APC family.