Afam Ogene: Why Ndigbo must embrace APC now

A suppoter tries to display All Progressives Congress (APC) party flag on a pole, during incumbent President Mohammadu Buhari's presidential campaign rally at the Sanni Abacha Stadium in Kano, on January 31, 2019. - Buhari has flag off campaign in Kano, the commercial nerve centre of northern Nigeria to seek re-election at the forthcoming February polls. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP) (Photo credit should read PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images)

Former House of Representatives member and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Hon. Victor Afam Ogene, has called upon the people of the South East region to wholly accept the party (APC) now, or risk losing out of the permutations for the nation’s presidency in 2023.

In a statement personally signed by him on Monday, September 20, 2021, in Abuja, Hon. Ogene contended that the forthcoming November 6, 2021, Anambra governorship election has afforded the region an ample opportunity to ingrain itself in the burgeoning national consensus currently being forged.

He said: “Already, there appears to be a growing national consciousness that the ruling APC should be supported, once again, to not only complete the myriad infrastructural developments it has embarked upon, but also lead the charge in forging national unity and healing.

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“This message appears to resonate across the polity, leading to the gale of defections into the APC.

“Indeed, with several landmark projects, including the iconic second Niger Bridge, the Onitsha – Enugu, Arochukwu – Ohafia – Bende and Enugu – Port Harcourt expressways, completion of the Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe mausoleum, construction of a brand new runway at the Enugu International Airport, the Ariaria Market Electrification project, Onitsha Inland Port project, payment of pension arrears owed ex-Biafran soldiers since their presidential pardon in 2000 and impact of NIRSAL and other loans which promote business, the APC, without a doubt, ought to be a destination of choice for Ndigbo.”

Describing the recent appointment of Senator Ifeanyi Araraume as chairman of the new board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, and Senator Margaret Chuba-Okadigbo as member representing the South East on the same board, Hon. Ogene urged Ndigbo to take the appointments as an extension of fresh hands of fellowship by the President Muhammadu Buhari administration to the region.

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“With many more of such appointments in the offing, the South-East must seize the moment and play a defining role in the politics of the 2023 presidential election,” he noted.

He pointed out that since it is common knowledge that the People’s Democratic Party would most likely look towards the North for its presidential candidate, the right politicking for Ndigbo would be to support the APC win Anambra and therefrom make a determined bid to produce the party’s standard-bearer for 2023.

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