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2023: Uzodimma charges APC leaders to ensure 70% registration of South East population

NEWSMAN, Owerri – Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma has charged leaders and stakeholders to work hard and ensure that at least 70% of South East population are registered as APC members.

Governor Uzodimma made the charge as he flagged off the All Progressive Congress (APC)  registration and revalidation exercise for the South East, on Tuesday in Owerri.

Addressing the party faithful at the Eze-Imo Auditorium, the Governor informed them that their numerical strength will assist them to plan ahead, and that “the same strength will also assist in the conduct of party primaries and every other exercise that will have to do with membership of the party.”

He emphasized that the numerical strength of each state or zone will surely go a long way in determining the bargaining strength of the zone even though no one expects the party membership of every state or zone to be the same.

Governor Uzodimma told the members that the party attaches great importance to the revalidation exercise expected to last up to March 15, 2021 having started in Kastina with President Muhammadu Buhari performing the flag-off ceremony on Saturday January 30, 2021.

Uzodimma reiterated his earlier call on the South East to return to the mainstream government at the centre which is controlled by the APC, insisting that “the only way the South East can achieve that is through her membership strength that will define their bargaining power in the forth coming general election.”

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma (standing) welcoming the APC South East Leaders with kolanut at their meeting in Owerri. With him are, from L-R: Imo Speaker, Rt Hon. Paul Emeziem, Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, Senator Ken Nnamani and others

“We cannot achieve our dream of a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction by remaining outside the mainstream national politics. Even more importantly we cannot get the justice we seek from the federation by playing opposition politics”, the Governor explained.

He therefore asked the leaders to see it as their responsibility and go all out to participate in the registration and revalidation exercise to make the statement loud and clear that the South East is set to take her rightful position as members of the ruling party.

The Governor said Imo State is already reaping bountifully from being part of the ruling party and the attendant proper reconnection to National political grid, further reassuring those who have expressed fears that this exercise will be used against them that they have nothing to worry about.

“The exercise is not intended to witch hunt anyone. No leader has any power to prevent anyone from been registered or revalidated”, he explained.    

Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma (right), Senator Ken Nnamani (centre) and Imo Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku (left) at the APC Leaders meeting held in Owerri
Imo State Governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma (right) handing over kolanuts to Senator Ken Nnamani at South East APC Leaders meeting held in Owerri

Earlier in their various addresses, the South East member in the National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ken Nnamani said that “the registration and revalidation has become necessary to truly know who is of APC and who is not and ensure that APC is not cut napping in the web of new and emerging electoral act that may be determined by numerical strength of various political powers.”

 Also, in a welcome address, the APC Chairman in Imo State, Chief Marcon Nlemigbo assured the visitors and all present that the State is ready for the programme and that APC is one, hence nobody should express fear of marginalization or exclusion, “rather all hands should be on deck to achieve a successful exercise.”

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