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Former members of the Imo State Executive Committee of PDP who resigned from the party over the weekend have declared for the ruling APC, have cited the monumental achievements of Governor Hope Uzodinma as their motivation.
They also reiterated their stand that PDP can never win the Imo State governorship election in November given the infrastructural revolution by the APC government.
Speaking during a courtesy call on the governor, the erstwhile PDP executive members described Uzodimma as a performer who has beaten the records of all former governors of the state since late Chief Sam Mbakwe.
In an address read on their behalf by the former publicity secretary of the party, Collins Opuruzoh, they said: ‘Today, we can confidently and comfortably tell the whole world that we are headed to APC because of His Excellency, Senator Hope Uzodimma. We are joining APC because it is the party for the future of Imo State and the future of Ndigbo. We are joining APC because of the superlative performance of His Excellency which no other governor has achieved since the late Chief Sam Mbakwe.’
They also cited the Imo State Charter of Equity as another strong reason for alligning with Uzodimma, saying that the impeccable logic of the charter holds a promise for a better Imo State.
They noted that with their exit from PDP, the party was dead in Imo State as they predicted a tsunami of defections from PDP to APC in the coming weeks.
While congratulating Uzodinma for the strings of awards he received recently including his emergence as chairman of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, they assured him of their readiness to work for his reelection.
Responding, Uzodinma described the gesture of the former PDP bigwigs as a dream come true for him since he had always wished that Imo State’s ‘first eleven’ play together as a team.
According to him, every member of the team is valuable to the prosperity Government of Imo State, hence non will be discriminated against.
He said he knew each of them and their capacities personally and as such will ensure their immediate integration into their areas of strength in the administration.
The governor noted that since patriotic politicians place emphasis on the service of people, the erstwhile PDP executive members have done well by joining him in APC to serve their people.
Those who visited the governor were Sir Martins Ejiogu, former State Deputy National Chairman of PDP, Collins Opuruzo, former State Publicity secretary, Chief Mrs. Maria Mbakwe, former State women leader, Joseph Eze former State Treasurer and Chibuisi Obido, former state Vice Chairman, Orlu zone.
The former state secretary, Ray Emeana was said to have travelled outside the country today while the former state youth leader was engaged in an unavoidable academic excise.