Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
Wife of a former National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mrs. Mariam Nneamaka Ali, thursday joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mrs. Ali who was accompanied by the Delta State APC Chairman, Jones Ode Erue; Chief Frank Kokori; Chief Great Ogboru, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and other top APC stalwarts and supporters from Delta State, was received by the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, at the partyâ€™s national secretariat in Abuja.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mrs. Ali said she joined the ruling party in order to fulfill her desire to provide service to the people.
â€œA lot of persons may wonder why I am joining the APC. The answer is simple. I want to continue to render service to my people and Nigeria at large. I believe I will be doing myself a lot of disservice if I donâ€™t fulfill this burning desire in me.
â€œI know also a lot of people will wonder why I have chosen to opt for a political party different from my husbandâ€™s. Again, the answer is not far-fetched. My family is a unique family, it is a family devoid of religious and ethnic differences. You are all aware that Dr. Ahmadu Ali is a Muslim and I am passionate Catholic. Also, Dr. Ahmadu Ali is from North Central and I am form the South-south,â€ she said.
She added that religion and ethnicity do not play a role in their family lives, adding that her becoming an APC member while her husband is. an active member of the PDP further displays the uniqueness of the family.
â€œWe symbolise a people who want to serve a nation, a nation where oneness, love and peace reign supreme. Today marks the beginning of greater peace, love and oneness amongs all Nigerians. It is a new dawn, one nation, one destiny, one people. It is about an indivisible nation, Nigeria, she said.
The APC National Chairman in his remarks, said Mrs. Aliâ€™s entrance to the party has added value and quality to the party and its leadership both in Delta State and at the national level.