Gov. Hope Uzodinma of Imo State said Friday that anyone who refuses to join the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) could continue to fast until God answers prayers.
Governor Uzodinma said this while answering questions from House of Representatives reporters after meeting again with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Village, Abuja, about the erosion crisis in his state.
The governor, while reacting to a question about the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) move to the APC in the geopolitical area of the southeast, expressed optimism that more people from the region would still join the ruling party with the entry of Governor Dave. Umahi from the state of Ebonyi who had transformed his “orphan” status.
He said it would be more profitable for the people of the Southeast to be right and join a national party repeatedly committed to national unity, integration and cohesion.
He said that the current campaign to attract more people to the APC was not aimed only at the governors but at the entire political class, emphasizing that “the idea is to make the party’s ideology known to the people, allay their fears and encourage them. come. Once you believe in Nigeria and have a pan-Nigerian attitude, of course you are going to a national holiday.
“There is no doubt that if you are not with the national party and you choose to be in opposition, of course, you will continue to fast until God answers your prayers. But we who are at fault, of course, what it will take to solve certain problems may be different than it will take someone who is not very close to the source of authority to solve their own problems.
“There is no way to compare what your people will get in an opposition party with what they will get from the ruling party. APC is the ruling party that has access to the federal government.
“I am very optimistic that gradually we will succeed. It is a question of convincing our people, what we are doing ”, he added.
Governor Uzodinma, who prayed that two more governors from his area would join the APC before the end of the year, dismissed the suggestion that Governor Umahi joined the ruling party to achieve his presidential ambition.
The governor, who appealed to his people in the southeast to join the APC, said: “You don’t get a presidential ticket in the market place. It is the decision of the political party. You must be loyal to your political party.
“So, I know that my brother Umahi is politically strong in the southeast and joining APC would add value to the party in my region. But he never told me he would come because he will be president. “So I want these people who want to cause confusion and create a bad name for Umahi to run away from that point and then encourage our people who have decided to align themselves with the ruling party.”
He recalled that the alliance formed by the region with other political parties since the first republic to date promoted Chief Nnamdi Azikwe to ceremonial President, Chief Alex Ekwueme as Vice President and Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke as Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Uzodinma, while reacting to a question about the notion that Umahi defected to the APC to pursue the project of the Southeast Presidency, said: “What we are doing in the Southeast as a party is carrying the party’s message. Before this time, some of us believe that we should have commercialized ideologies and policies better than the previous leadership did.
“What we are trying to do is explain to our people the need to see that this Nigerian project belongs to all of us and if you jump off the train, don’t accuse anyone of pushing you off the train. It’s not about whether you want to be president now or not. You don’t get a presidential ticket in the market square. It is the decision of the political party. You must be loyal to your political party.
“So, I know that my brother Umahi is politically strong in the southeast and joining APC would add value to the party in my region. But he never told me he would come because he will be president. So I want these people who want to cause confusion and create a bad name for Umahi to run away from that point and then encourage our people who have decided to align themselves with the ruling party.
“If you verify it very well, before 1999, in the first republic, we had the Congress of Northern Progressives (NPC) entering into an alliance with the National Council of North Cameroon (NCNC) to form the government. Zik became president albeit ceremonial and then NPC introduced the prime minister. Even in the second republic, in order for a proper democracy to be commercialized, we made an alliance with the National Party of Nigeria (NPN).
“In that alliance, the Southeast introduced the Vice President in the person of Chief Alex Ekweume and Ume Ezeoke as Speaker of the House of Representatives. So, we were better.
“The meaning of power is proximity to the source of authority. Once you have access, all ethnic areas want to get closer to the center. Even if you are not the head, you can be the neck or the shoulder. We want to be part of that body called Nigeria and so we will move in a very united way. If Umahi didn’t come, I told them after I won my election that part of my job is to spread political evangelism and convince my people to join our party because our programs are so brilliant.
“So now we are gradually achieving success. Today, it’s Ebonyi, who knows who will be next? My hope and prayer is that before the end of this year, two more governors will join APC. God helps us and it works. I’m home and dry. “
He also rejected the suggestion that the APC was preparing the ground for a one-party state, saying that “everything to do with politics is like evangelism. Every serious political party must have an expansionist mindset to expand its membership. “
He said: “About APC addressing a party state – I don’t think so, if you recall our history from 1999 to date, you will agree with me that at one point the PDP had 28 states and they were still looking to remove the very few states from the other parts. Now how many states do we have as APC? And everything related to politics is like evangelism. Every serious political party must have an expansionist mindset to expand its membership.
“I think we will continue to encourage our people because the idea is that once the ideology is correct, the system works, no one wants to go to a war that he will lose. So, you join those who are winning. I believe that Nigerians have bought over time the ideals of the founders of APC, the party manifesto and given the achievements of the party despite the global crisis, despite the security concerns, you can see that Nigeria continues surviving.
“I was watching on television, I went to India and saw the amount of protests going on, all over the world. But the EndSARS protest that was like the end of Nigeria, you can see how God has helped us out of it. We have a beautiful country and the government in power, we have a president who is very humble and who has a goal and goes to his goal no matter what people say. He does not believe that we should waste our resources on frivolous issues and issues and never in the history of this country and I can bet that any president or government created the number of social intervention programs that this government has done.
“As I speak to you, young children are being fed in schools, social empowerment programs, 1000 jobs for each of the 774 Local Government Areas (LGAs). The anchor borrower program and we should celebrate our success. People have not seen that this government has almost achieved food security, where everything we eat now is produced in Nigeria. Unlike before, when we had to queue and wait for imported rice from Europe and Asia. Now the borders are closed. A sack of rice would have reached N100,000 but the price has been between 22,000 thousand. So, I think that what we have to do as a country is a change of attitude and where we have done well to recognize that we have done well.
“I think that if it is possible for all of us to belong to APC since APC, as I am speaking to you now, has the best political manifesto, programs and government in power, I do not see anything wrong with all of us joining APC out of conviction, not that force to join APC. But if you voluntarily come to APC, our dream is that all Nigerian citizens will become members of our party because we have to be ambitious. “
The governor, who declined to speak at length about the controversy over the APC candidate for the December 5, 2020 by-election for the Imo North Senate District due to the ongoing court case, said his interest for now was to ensure the APC win. .
Uzodinma, speaking about the erosion crisis in her state, said that President Buhari had promised to immediately contact the Ecological Fund Office to remedy the situation.
The governor said naira 75 billion would be needed to tackle the immediate challenge posed by erosion in his state.
He added that a constructive partnership with the Green Fund Office, the federal government, donor agencies and global partners was necessary to solve the erosion problem in Nigeria.
Source: – Daily Trust