By LUCKY OJI
Chief Uzoma Ezediaro, is a successful business man and chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, APC, who aspired to represent Ohaji/Egbema/Ugwuta Federal Constituency at the National Assembly in 2011 under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
In this interview with newsmen, he noted that the antecedence of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, is what the APC needs to defeat the ruling PDP in 2015 Presidential election. He also explained why he dumped the PDP. Excerpts:
Sir, what prompted you to venture into the murky waters of Nigerian politics instead of concentrating on your flourishing business ventures?
By the special grace of God, I am a successful businessman and for one to be completely successful in life, so many things are involved. Most successful Nigerians have dismissed politics as a brute game, made only for the unrefined, but people like me who have real passion for governance and service, see it differently. My joining politics is borne out of the desire to transfer my business success to other areas of human endeavours, to assist humanity. And to do that, you must be in politics, which is like the moving car that controls the economy. By God’s grace, I am now inside that moving car and with God on my side, I will become the driver and then control it. I joined politics to contribute my own quota towards the development of my family, kindred, village, community, local government, state and my good country, Nigeria.
I have a foundation that have positively touched the lives of my people and will continue to touch their lives. I am a good mobilizer. Before I joined politics, I was deeply involved in community development efforts, especially as they relate to women and children health, my forte has been business, service to God and humanity. I see politics as the vehicle through which I will massively advance the selfless services I am deeply and seriously involved in.
So why did you defect from PDP to APC?
I used to be a chieftain of PDP in Ohaji-Egbema-Ugwuta. I aspired to represent my constituency at the National Assembly under the platform of PDP in 2011. But today, I have joined the progressives, APC. APC is a political party made for all the progressives in this country. Those who think they are progressives have gathered together to move the country forward, so I cannot stay behind. I joined the moving train and as far as Nigerian politics is concerned today, APC is the moving train with only the progressives inside. Every progressive in Nigeria want to be with fellow progressives. Can’t you see what is happening at the moment? Do you think it is easy for a governor under a ruling party at the centre to dump the party for another political party that is not a ruling party? You know how many PDP governors that have defected to APC. Those PDP governors are the progressives and there is no how they will not stay where their fellow progressives are. Do you know how many members of the National Assembly who dumped their parties and joined their fellow progressives in APC? Even my governor dumped the party under which he became the governor of Imo State and joined his fellow progressives in APC. I am talking of APGA. APGA is not the party of the progressives and the moment he (Okorocha) realizes that, he dumped them for APC. Go round the states in this country and see the performance of all APC governors, then compare it with the performance of other political parties’ governors. To be frank, they are not comparable. A progressive is a progressive any day, any time. Even the Bible said it that the unrighteous cannot dwell in the midst of the righteous. APC people are the righteous, other parties know what they are. And for a righteous to still dwell in the midst of the unrighteous, you know what that means.
Governor Okorocha is being criticized by some Igbo people for leaving APGA for APC which they termed to be the gathering of the South westerners and the Northerners. What do you have to say about that?
Anybody saying that is not a progressive and does not understand exactly what politics is all about. When people say APGA is the party of the Igbos and APC belong to Yorubas and Hausas, I laugh. I am laughing because those people don’t know what they are talking about. If APGA is the party of the Igbos, why is it not controlling all the states that made up the Igbo nationality? Why is it that out of five states they are only managing one? I want to tell you, that had it been that there was a free and fair election in Anambra, APGA would have lost woefully. So, why is APGA Igbo party? When they said the then Alliance for Democratic, AD, was a Yoruba party that was understood because all the states that made up Yoruba nation were under AD then. So, all I am saying is people should know what is on ground before talking. Many strong members of PDP today are Igbos, why didn’t they join APGA? APC is not a Yoruba or Hausa party. It is a national party made only for the progressives in Nigeria, so anybody criticizing Gov. Okorocha for joining his fellow progressives in APC is an enemy of the Igbos and should be seen as such, because it is only in APC that good Nigerian president of Igbo extraction can emerge.
Will Okorocha vie for the Presidency in 2015?
That is the prayer of the progressives and all the right-thinking Nigerians today. Really, he has not declared openly that he will contest the 2015 presidential election, but it will be in the best interest of our great party, APC and Nigerians generally, if he declares to contest. Okorocha is a great politician who really understands the political terrain of the country. He is a very big asset to APC. His antecedence and potentials have stood him out. He is a tested politician. He will put smile on the faces of Nigerians if he becomes the president. He will give PDP a run for its money and boost APC’s victory.
Are you saying that if APC did not give Okorocha the ticket, the party will not win presidential election in 2015?
APC has already positioned itself to sack PDP in 2015 both at the Federal and state level elections. What I am saying is that Okorocha’s presence will make the victory easier for APC.APC will win presidential and other elections in 2015, but Okorocha will boost the victory for good governance and true transformation.