Former governor of Imo State, Dr Ikedi Ohakim, has said his decision to join the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) was to offer unhinged support to the state governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, to move the state forward.
Ohakim disclosed this during a reception organized by the APC leadership to officially welcome him to the party, held at his country home, yesterday.
The ex-Imo governor also applauded Uzodinma for his development-driven policies and programmes, adding that he was also joining APC to add value to the party.
He said: “Given my commitment to the best decisions that would be most beneficial to the people, and desirous of the need to quickly join hands with my friend, Senator Hope Uzodimma, governor of Imo State and other leaders of the party in Imo State, South-East and Nigeria to build a formidable political party headed by individuals that share same values and ideals with me, I, Ikedi Godson Ohakim, and my supporters and associates decided to join the All Progressives’ Congress (APC).”
“This decision is in response to the pleadings of my admirers and the touching request by the leadership of APC in Imo State. What I am doing today, therefore, is to publicly endorse an action I took at my ward level many months ago.
“So far, the chief driver, the governor of the state, has shown zeal, commitment and capacity to provide good governance. It behoves all of us at this point in time, to give him the needed support to uplift the fortunes of the state and meet the desires of the people.
“Added to the above, I find in Governor Hope Uzodimma, a man who is determined to set enviable records that would change the lives and fortunes of the people and the state at the end of the day,” Ohakim added.
Other party chieftains at the event included the APC state chairman, Marcon Nlemigbo, Assembly Speaker, Paul Emeziem, Secretary to State Government (SSG), Cosmos Iwu, chairman of APC membership registrations, update and revalidation committee, Godwin Anaughe, among others, who noted that Ohakim’s entrance would boost the membership drive of the party.
They added that Ohakim would also bring his political wealth of experience in mobilizing massive support for state government.