Amby Uneze in Owerri
The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Eze Madumere, has called on the leadership and members of All Progressives Congress (APC) to remain united, charging them to join hands to rebuild and reposition the party, adding that they should celebrate because the party did not lose election rather the governor of the state, Rochas Okorocha lost.
He made the assertion while addressing a cross section of APC faithful from his Mbaitoli local government area. Madumere commended his party members for their resolute to rid the party of unpatriotic elements, including Rochas Okorocha who he described as a man who after ‘eating a meal served him by the people of Imo state, chose not to say thank them but instead broke the plate they served him the food’.
The deputy governor who is the leader of the party in the state insisted that APC never lost any elections in Imo but that the party was “more interested in producing a leadership that would stand for the people, empathize with the people and ultimately change their situation from worse to better”.
“The truth is that we did not lose any election. Posterity will remember us well because we said no to bad leadership. We are on the side of the people. Our people surely will be appreciative of our effort in the journey to liberate our state from hands of the Emperor. It is true that we are not on the saddle today but we are rest assured that our people would always remember what we had to do to ensure they are not perennially enslaved and that their spirits are conquered by whims and caprices of just one man with his family”, he stressed.
Madumere therefore advised all the members not to leave the party, saying that the party remains in the mainstream having won the presidency and also in strong control of the National Assembly, adding “with what the party will achieve, it is easy to bounce back in the state”.
He also hinted that he will join hands with other forward looking leaders of the party to rebuild and reposition the party against future elections, insisting that APC was the best thing that had happened to Nigeria by its policies.
“For the first time, we have a focused government led by President Mohammadu Buhari that is more interested, not just only in the growth of the nation but in its development. We are all witnesses to what is going on in agriculture, transport, anti-corruption, aviation and now textile industry;” he said.
Speaking earlier, the local government Chairman of the party, Barrister Tony Amadi, showered encomium on Madumere for his resilience, focus and sacrifice, saying without his leadership and temperament, the story would have devastating.
He recounted how most people in the leadership of the party all gave up hope, but Madumere chose to continue and even recruited more high profile politicians to join him in the battle to salvage both the party and retrieve the state from stranglehold of ‘familiocracy’.
His words: “This was a man who was denied everything yet he said no to impunity and family political dynasty. At a time, some of our people left the party but Madumere as a disciplined leader with integrity; he remained in the party and gave all of us hope. Today, we may not be in power but he is certainly the hero of the New Imo with New Hope. APC fought to restore the dignity of the people”.