Mr. John Okechukwu Emeka
By Sunday Okobi and â€¨Ugo Aliogoâ€¨
A former Minister of State for Water Transport and an erstwhile chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. John Okechukwu Emeka, has stated that he has finally pitched his tent with the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), as a platform to realise his 2014 governorship ambition in Anambra State.
Emeka, who advanced reasons for leaving PDP, following his failure to pick the Expression of Interest (EOI) form for the state governorship ticket on the platform of the party in Abuja, said he would battle for the governorship ticket with the likes of Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, among others in APGA.
In a statement issued yesterday, by Emeka's Media Aide, Mr. Dele Aderibigbe, he said: “He won the senatorial seat in 2011 and defended the mandate given to him through the tribunal only to be edged out under a controversial circumstance in a pre-election matter.”
He added that: “His joining APGA at this time will be a major boost to the party,” stressing that: “He is highly favoured to pick the APGA ticket following Governor Peter Obi's open support and commitment that the Anambra North zone should produce his successor in order to maintain equity, fairness and justice.
“Obi has consistently stood firm that the commitment to the zone was made by him in 2010 along side Chief Chukwuemeka Ojukwu during the 2010 electioneering campaign. He noted that the late APGA leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, was a man of honour, who died fighting for justice and equity.”
The former minister, therefore, expressed his willingness to remain in APGA and help the party win the forthcoming governorship election in the state, adding that both the party and the governor had demonstrated fairness and good sense of leadership.
He pointed out that the deplorable conditions of infrastructure in the state before the advent of the APGA government had become a thing of the past through dedicated leadership and prudent management of resources by Governor Peter Obi-led administration.
Emeka further urged all stakeholders and leaders of thought from the zone to unite behind Obi so as to make APGA much stronger and more powerful to win the 2014 governorship election.
He called on the zone to demonstrate strength of character that would enable them remain focused and resist undue distraction which might prevent the zone from presenting a credible leader and also ensuring that APGA produce the next governor.