Senate ex-President, Nnamani, emerges leader of South-East APC

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha (third right), Senator Ken Nnamani (fourth right), Deputy Governor Eze Madumere (second left), Senator Ifeanyi Araraume (third left), Dr. Jumbo Ofo (fourth left), Imo House of Assembly Speaker, Acho Ihim (fifth left), businessman, Chief Emeka Ofor (right) andparty’s stalwart, Dr. Ebuka Onunkwo (second right), during the All Progressives Congress (APC) South-East stakeholders’ meeting in Owerri…at the weekend.

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha (third right), Senator Ken Nnamani (fourth right), Deputy Governor Eze Madumere (second left), Senator Ifeanyi Araraume (third left), Dr. Jumbo Ofo (fourth left), Imo House of Assembly Speaker, Acho Ihim (fifth left), businessman, Chief Emeka Ofor (right) andparty’s stalwart, Dr. Ebuka Onunkwo (second right), during the All Progressives Congress (APC) South-East stakeholders’ meeting in Owerri…at the weekend.

Party promises to back Buhari for second term

A former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, has been chosen as the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-East geo-political zone, comprising Anambra, Enugu, Imo, Abia and Ebonyi states.

The party in the zone has also resolved to support President Muhammadu Buhari for second term. The decisions were taken during a stakeholders’ meeting of the party held at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC), Owerri, at the weekend.

In attendance were Ken Nnamani, Emeka Offor, Ifeanyi Araraume, George Moughalu, Tony Eze, Ebuka Onunkwo, Jombo Offor, deputy governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, national organiser of the party, Senator Osita Izunaso and other members of the national working committee.

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State had said he declined the offer to lead the party in the zone despite pressure from many members of the party, proposing Nnamani as a suitable person.

Okorocha said: ‘’Now that Igbo leaders are together in APC, Nigerians will hear us. There is a vacuum of leadership in the South-East APC. I am a governor. My brothers, Chris Ngige and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, are ministers. Hence, the importance of Ken Nnamani coming at this time. I decline the leadership of Ndigbo in APC. With Ken Nnamani, the question of who is the leader of APC in the South-East has been answered. Ken Nnamani is the leader of APC in the South-East.

“Senator Nnamani should then work with other leaders like Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Jim Nwobodo and a host of others to give Ndigbo political direction.”
‘’We are going to support President Buhari for the eight years he is going to lead the nation. This is the time for Ndigbo to come and work together. We are also going to use the Anambra election to show that APC has arrived in South-East. The Igbo played bad politics in 2015. Today, we have lost a lot.

We are not anywhere because of our bad politics,” he added. Speaking, Nnamani said the party needed more of the Igbo leaders at the ‘’national leadership of the APC where decisions are made, and even at the National Assembly and other strategic areas and levels.’’

He said: “Some of us going into APC are not doing so because of hunger, but in the interest of the Igbo. We should play politics of ideas, and avoid abusive words. Ndigbo do not have the ingredients for opposition politics. We do not have the media or business or money to play opposition politics, but we won’t ask for handouts.

‘’How the Yoruba voted in 2015 should be an eye-opener. They voted both sides, but the South-East put their eggs in one basket. I am not of the view that everybody should be in APC, but those have seen the need should do so. If Okorocha has realised that he needs more hands in APC, he should be commended. We are worst enemies of ourselves. If we work together we will go very very far. This is the time to play national politics.

“Some people could say we have the Deputy Senate President but he does not attend the meeting of APC caucus where important decisions are taken. We must think ahead. The benefit of that office is therefore personal and does not enhance the political fortunes of the South-East people.”

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3 Comments
  • chukwudozie duru

    One thing i agree in this article is that we are the worst enemy of ourselves.How many of these people mentioned in the article have businesses in Igbo land ,( having a warehouse is not a development) yet you claim that you are fighting the cause of Igbo. We should think of how to develop our areas and attract people rather than basing everything /business we have in Lagos, No doubt Lagos is know for business but how many corporate headquarters do we have in Igbo speaking states. If you claim you love and is fighting for Igbos then start investing in Igbo speaking states and reduce the pressure on other states.

  • Darlington

    These are bunch of political jobbers looking for means of surviving in APC. Igbo leaders my foot!

  • infinity2020

    When are all these dead woods going to go away for ever? They keep on showing up when Nigerians thought they have gone for ever !!!!!!!

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