Three years after he left the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), defecting to the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), a frontline politician in Imo State and former senator, Chief Ifeanyi Ararume, Tuesday formally announced his return along side his numerous supporters.
Thisday reports that the ceremony, which was accompanished by jubilation at the party’s headquarters in Owerri, was witnessed by the Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Emeka Ihedioha, Senator Arthur Nzeribe and his wife, Senate Committee Chairman on Aviation, Senator Hope Uzodiimma, Hon. Bethel Amadi, National Women Leader of the party, Dr. Kema Chikwe, South-east zonal chairman of the PDP, Col. Austin Akobundu (rtd), outgoing state chairman of the party, Chief Eze Duruiheoma (SAN), state Secretary, George Uzoma Eguh, a former Managing Director of the Daily Times, Chief Innocent Opkaradike, former Speaker of the Imo State House of Assembly, Chief Kelechi Nwagwu, among others, Ararume said he returned to the party to contribute his might to building the party at all levels.
He expressed optimism that with his re-entering, the feat the party recorded during the elections from 1999 to 2007, would be repeated, asking for the support of all.
Ararume said in 2011, the party in the state mobilised Imo voters to garner several million votes for President Goodluck Jonathan, commending Duruiheoma, Ihedioha and others who made it possible for him to return to the PDP after more than two-and-a-half years. He said: “I am going to put in everything to support PDP at the local government, state, and national levels.”
Paying tribute to those who made him return, he said: “They have made it possible for me to come back. This is democracy. It is not politics of exclusion.”
He also thanked the immediate past governor of Imo State, Chief Ikedi Ohakim, for his efforts. Ararume said he would ensure that PDP displaces the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) government of Rochas Okorocha, to make the PDP take the seat of government in the state. Speaking, Ihedioha opined that Ararume’s re-entering had shamed political foes, stating that the party in the state would move from strength to strength.
He described Ararume as a political worrior and juggernaut who will make a great difference in the party come 2015 elections. Duruiheoma, Chikwe, Eguh, Akobundu who later handed over the party card to Ararume, said he was not indebted to the party, stating that his spirit had been in the party while his body was outside, expressing joy that he had returned, an indication of better days ahead in the party.