Okorocha Says APC Not Yoruba Or Hausa Party, Urges Igbos To Embrace ItLatest News, News, Politics Sunday, February 9th, 2014
IGNATIUS OKPARA in Orlu, Imo state
Contrary to the notion in some quarters of southeast Nigeria, that the All progressive congress APC is a tribal party, belonging to the Yoruba and Hausa nations, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state, has debunked the insinuation, saying it remains a national party for all segments of Nigeria.
Okorocha who made the clarification Saturday during a reception organized for one of its members, Senator Osita Izunaso, by the people of Orlu senatorial Zone at the Orlu Township Stadium, insisted, “the All Progressive Congress (APC) is neither a Hausa nor Yoruba party”
He added that it is a national party that sprang up to correct the political anomalies of the past.
Okorocha, who explained that he joined APC to fight the cause of Igbos, regretted the level of marginalization and selfish representation Orlu and south east zone suffered under PDP and Abuja politicians.
The APC Governor’s forum chairman, noted that it is quite unfortunate that the first sixth top most leadership positions in Nigeria eluded the south east zone in the present Jonathan led federal government, pointing out that APC would ensure proper representation and repositioning of Ndi-Igbo in the nation’s scheme of things.
Okorocha however, challenged the people to say no to bad governance, banish money bag politics, deceit in polity, and selfish representation by joining APC which he said, will enthrone unity, equity, fairness positive transformation and unlimited growth.
The Imo State Chief executive also called on the people to “join APC for the interest of generation unborn, the widows, and our jobless youths”.
He pointed out that the party has the interest of the youths and women at hearts.
The Governor commended the Orlu people for the grand reception for Senator Izunaso, who once represented the zone at the senate, describing the ex NASS member as a reliable politician.
He assured that peoples mandate and interest must count in 2015, just as he called for attitudinal change among the electorate, so as to ensure that only credible candidates are voted into different political offices in next general polls.
Responding earlier, Senator Izunaso, had expressed appreciation to Orlu people for finding him worthy of the honour assuring them that their suffering in APC will never be in vain.
Highlight of the occasion was the formal presentation and induction of scores of defecting PDP members into the opposition party.
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