- Emma Enuekwu, the vice chairman of the APC in the South East, says that Igbos are defecting to the party because Buhari is executing projects in the zone
- Enuekwu says that Igbos are beginning to have confidence in the new administration and are wiser after the 16-year rule of the PDP
Emma Enuekwu, the national vice chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South East, has said that the recent defections of politicians from the region to the ruling party is as a result of the commitment shown by President Muhammadu Buhari to execute vital projects in the zone.
Enuekwu made this known to journalists on Thursday, December 1, at the party secretariat in Abuja after a meeting of south-east stakeholders, Premium Times reports.
The meeting was to plan for fresh membership registration in the zone.
According to him, Igbos are beginning to have confidence in the new administration and are wiser after the 16-year rule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He said: “The problem with the south easterners before the election was that they felt that PDP was the proper party for the Igbo man which they came to realize lately was not true because they were disappointed. PDP was in power for 16 years and the Enugu-Onitsha road was not done, the Enugu-Port Harcourt road was not done, the second Niger Bridge was not done.
“When they realized this, they are now seeing that Buhari who has been in power for a little over one year has paid contractors and started doing something about the Enugu-Onitsha road, the Enugu-Port Harcourt road and has started doing something on the second Niger Bridge within one year.
“Because of the high level of integrity displayed by President Buhari, many people are anxious to join the party. Therefore, a lot of people that have moved from other parties and entered APC have not had the opportunity of being registered and therefore the leadership felt it necessary that these people be registered so that they can be part of the party ahead of the next general election.”
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Enuekwu noted that the APC will adopt manual registration which will also capture the biometrics of every member.
Recall that some top Igbo politicians recently decamped to the APC, amongst which includes; Senator Jim Nwobodo, the first executive Governor of old Anambra state, Senator Fidelis Okoro, a senator between 1999 and 2007, Senator Uche Ekwunife, the erstwhile senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, and most recently Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, the former governor of Abia state.