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100 PDP Members Defect To APC In Enugu

Posted: Dec 30, 2015 at 9:31 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)
By Emmanuel Nzomiwu, Enugu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) suffered a major setback in Enugu State as 100 of its members in Eke ward in Udi local government area of the State, defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC), the ruling party in the country.
Eke ward is the home of both the spokesman of South-East APC leadership caucus, Mr. Osita Okechukwu and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Jeffrey Onyeama.
The defectors led by an Abuja based businessman, Mr. Emeka Udeh were welcomed to APC at Amankwo Eke Market Square by Mr. Okechukwu and state officials of the party including the Deputy Chairman, Adolphus Udeh, Secretary, Major General Chris Eze (rtd.) and member representing Enugu State in the Board of Trustees (BOT), Brig. General Joseph Okoloagu (rtd.).
In an address, Okechukwu joined the party hierarchy in the ward, local government and State level in welcoming his brothers and sisters to their great party, APC.
The APC chieftain described the event as historic and memorable as it has signaled the exodus from the PDP and other political parties in Enugu State to APC.
Okechukwu said whereas, they do not want one party state in Nigeria, they however welcomed the defectors for their humility and candour in joining the party from the grassroots-ward level-the primary unit and soul of the party.
“We are also happy that you are not among those PDP stalwarts who ignobly utilized the Dasuki-Gate-Bazaar to allocate paltry 14,175 votes to Buhari in the presidential election in Enugu State and paradoxically today are joining the APC through the backdoor. To those double faced janus, we say Holy Ghost Fire!
”We shall convey your gracious entry to the national leadership of our party and in particular, to President Muhamadu Buhari, GCFR, who has initiated in high tempo of the process to revamp Enugu Coal.
“Recall, my brothers and sisters, that Mr. President made the pledge to revamp Enugu Coal on January 10 this year at Okpara Square Enugu. It is this campaign pledge that he is set to redeem by jump-starting the project in 2016” Okechukwu said.
The APC chieftain used the opportunity to allay fears of Nigerians on Buhari’s N2.2 trillion 2016 budget, describing such fears as unrealistic and misplaced, given that Nigerians would harvest from President Muhamadu Buhari’s high profile ratings by the international community.
He further described Buhari’s foreign ratings as a political capital which would earn Nigeria the premium of attracting funds for critical infrastructure.
Okechukwu continued: “Both local and international investors have implicit confidence that Buhari will not squander their money. It is his credibility which attracted the investors of the Coal Project.

“Enugu Coal blocks of Onyeama, Okpara and Amansiodo will be utilized to generate electricity, manufacture briquets and other small businesses. Note that Buhari is revamping Enugu Coal, which two of our illustrious sons – Professors Barth Nnaji and Chinedu Nebo – who were ministers under the former president, Dr Goodluck Jonatlhan, GCFR, more or less ignored in four years while heading the Power Ministry.

“Is it not an irony that an Hausa/Fulani man from the North is fixing Enugu Coal which our brothers can’t fix?  Yes, it is a profound lesson to those who play ethnic-card, that is, those who believe that good things can come only from our sons and daughters. History is not their witness as demonstrated in this instance.

“In three years time the rapid development of Enugu Coal will rejuvenate Enugu status as original Coal City, and provide massive employment contrary to the wild dreams of those who play ethnic-card.”
The APC chieftain challenged those who canvas for Biafra today to explain why two ministers from Enugu State and the former president an adopted son, failed to fix Enugu Coal in spite of billions of Naira budgeted for it, even as the same squandermania and abandonment of projects happened to 2nd Niger Bridge and federal roads in the South East.

In the same vein, Okechukwu queried how Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, the then Secretary to Government of the Federation, and Dr (Mrs) Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the then Minister of Finance and Coordinating Minister of the Economy were there when Owete/Loko Bridge nearing completion and host of others were awarded on contract and almost fully paid by the federal government and the 2nd Niger Bridge was lately handed over to Julius Berger to source for fund.

He advised Ndigbo to think out of box, count their blessings in Nigeria, and say capital no to demagogues who want to reverse the achievements of their hard working and enterprising people in every town in Nigeria to be extinguished.
According to him, the salvation of Nigeria has commenced with an incorrigible patriot, and man of integrity.
He therefore urged Ndigbo to support Mr President so as not only to benefit from his good governance, but to succeed him after eight years, going by the zoning convention.

“In the public domain, there is the law and the convention. Law has its legal weight, and written; while convention has its moral weight and mostly unwritten.  Most of the time convention prevails in national consensus building.

“The historical fact is that in 1999, the Northern elite in their enlightened patriotic interest zoned presidency to the South, after eight years the presidency went back to the North, though unfortunately breached by providence. It is back in the North and will go South in eight years – 2023 to be exact” Okechukwu said.