Emeka Ojukwu Jnr. the son of war veteran, late Chukwuemeka Ojukwu said he joined APC to bring the Igbos into the mainstream of politics in Nigeria. He stated this on Wednesday at Abuja in his formal welcome ceremony into the APC by the Chairman of the party, Chief Odigie Oyegun.
He said that his decision to join the APC was also driven by the belief that the South-East region should be in the country`s political decision making process.
He said, â€œI decided to lead by example. I have been talking about this for a while and I decided it was time to take the step forward.
â€œIt is a challenge, there are some people that will not be happy about that, but you have to be bold, take a step, and let people understand where you are coming from.
â€œPeople have to understand why you are doing what you are doing, APC have been seen in our part of the country as the â€˜otherâ€™.
â€œAnd I believe we are now showing that the APC is a party that can contend equally with any other party in the South-East and do just as well,â€œ he said.
Ojukwu added that his defection to the APC, was a pointer that â€œIgbosâ€œ were part of the party.
Speaking about his father and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, he said; â€œwe shouldnâ€™t take our history and our past to be shackles that hold us in one placeâ€œ.
According to him, history should be a stepping stone and building block for moving towards the future.
He noted that when his father came back from exile, he had the option to join an ethnic-based party but opted to move to the centre for a reason.
â€œYou need to be at the table where decisions are being made, if you are not there, you will always get the short end of the stick; you will be marginalised.
â€œThat is the message I want to help to propagate, this is a much bigger party than the one I came from. So I put myself at your service to help us achieve our dreams.
â€œFor me, anyway that I can help to push this message forward, I am ready,â€œ he stressed.
Odigie-Oyegun, while receiving Ojukwu, said his entry to the party would be a major asset in its ongoing drive to mainstream the South-East into national governance and political decision making process.
â€œI thank you for choosing the APC, a family that is practical in its political orientation.â€
â€œI truly welcome you, there is no question at all that your name is an asset, what you stand for is an asset.
â€œWe hope that in the next few months you will be much more closely integrated within the party structure at national level and in the South-East,â€œ he said.
Odigie-Oyegun added that for people to join the APC at this time, was a clear indication that they understood what was going.
He further added that it also showed that people were ready to put their names, reputation, energies and resources behind the party`s effort to rebuild the country and be part of the process of change.
â€œThis is a struggle that we must win, the nation cannot afford to lose, because greatness beckons and unless we get our act right, we are not going to get there, â€œ the APC national chairman said.
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