Following the petty campaign of calumny by few opponents of Governor Rochas Okorocha and the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Imo State in particular and in the South-East in general, the Imo Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has said the late foremost Igbo leader, Ikemba Odumegwu Ojukwu would have been one of the front seat leaders of the APC if he was to be alive.
The late Ikemba Ojukwu while alive had been concerned with, how to launch Ndi-Igbo back to the mainstream of Nigeria politics after the civil war. That was why, when he came back from exile in 1982, he did not join the Nigeria Peoples Party, NPP, that was somewhat ethnic, but joined the National Party of Nigeria, NPN, that was national both in outlook and in operations.
And the NPN then unlike the PDP of today, had an Igbo man as Vice President and other Igbo sonsand daughters in sensitive positions. Ikemba Ojukwu also joined APGA at the time he did, to protest against the gross marginalization of Ndi-Igbo by the PDP, with no Igbo holding any sensitive position either in the PDP-led federal government or in the party.
Ikemba Ojukwu would have therefore joined the APC with other progressives across the country having seen the party as the one that has good opportunities for the Igbos, even to become the president of the country.
Since Ojukwu had died, God gave Governor Okorocha the wisdom and the vision to take Ndi-Igbo to APC. What men and women of goodwill of Igbo extraction should do, is to be grateful to the Imo Governor for leading the Igbos into APC.
It would have been politically suicidal and dangerous if Governors and people from other major ethnic groups in the country would be in APC and no governor of Igbo extraction, vis-à-vis Igbo people would be there. It would have been disastrous. This is why, the Igbos should be grateful to Governor Okorocha for saving them from what should have amounted to worst embarrassing political situation.
It is also disturbing that some politicians in Igbo land have failed or refused to appreciate certain political developments that would assist our people to a large extent, for some selfish reasons. The Igbos should file behind Governor Okorocha in APC and give him all the support and encouragement he deserves for standing out to be counted for the Igbos both at home and in diaspora.
It is also worth mentioning that a total of 637,000 Imo people registered with the APC during the last registration exercise in the state, and of course, the highest number any party had registered in the history of party politics in the state. APC using polling units to do the registration had paid off.
The import of this development is that, the APC in Imo has taken delivery of the Imo electorate in a grand-style, because in the history of elections in the state, no party had won the governorship election or the Senate, House of Representatives or Assembly elections with more than 400,000 votes.
The Imo State Governor has congratulated Imo people for following him to APC having known that he meant well for them by going into the party.
Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Media
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