The Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, membership registration and revalidation committee for Enugu State, Senator Jonathan Zwingina has told the people of South-East to show seriousness in their desire to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023.
He spoke in Enugu on Friday when a former Secretary to the Enugu State Government, Chief Clement Okwor defected to the APC.
That Okwor, who is also a former Head of Service and former Commissioner for Education in at different times in the State left his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, officially yesterday, Friday.
He was received at his at his polling unit, Akpoga Town Hall, Mbulujodo East, Ward 19, Enugu East local government area by chieftains of the APC, including Zwingina, representative of the South-East in the APC National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ken Nnamani, chairman of the APC in Enugu State, Dr. Ben Nwoye, among others.
Speaking shortly after presenting Okwor with his membership card, Zwingina described him as a big catch for the party considering that he defected with his son, Engr. Oluchukwu Okwor.
He said on the issue of the party’s promise to the South-East, “power is usually not handed over on a platter of gold; it is something struggled for.
“Already there are some States in the APC from South-East, some are dancing around the corner; some have one leg inside, one leg outside, but eventually they will all come in.
He expressed happiness over the success of the ongoing registration and revalidation process saying: “The influx of people into the APC is more than we thought. The materials at various polling units have been exhausted because people are trooping in.”
“I will also like to thank our chieftain who has just joined us; he came in with his son and other members of his family and his entourage; we want that example; it is an example of courage; he did not do what some people- they stay in party A and tell their children to go to party B, let’s gamble is party A wins I’m there, if I lose and party B wins, we are also there. This leader did not do that.”
He urged the State party Chairman, Nwoye to maintain the peace that has been restored in the party.
Also speaking, former Senate President, Nnamani commended Okwor “for the courage he has shown.”
He described him as a silent achiever, stressing “he is somebody who commands influence here and beyond; he is a silent achiever. I know what Okwor can do; he did it for me many times.
In a remark, Nwoye boasted that the decamping of the renowned technocrat into their party was a huge loss for the PDP in the State.
He said the membership registration and revalidation exercise had enabled the party to position itself better as the 2023 general election draws closer.
Meanwhile, Okwor has pledged to use his supporters and increase the power base of the APC.
He said he was glad to be “in a party that’s organised, a party with the political will to do good.
”I’m in a party that’s there to change things that have gone wrong in Nigeria, though, it may be difficult now, but with time, they will get it right.”
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