Â Enuguâ€” President Goodluck Jonathan has said the emergence of Dr Okwesili Nwodo as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has united the South-East.
In a message to the grand reception in honour of Nwodo by Enugu State government on Monday in Enugu, the president said that with the development, the South-East zone would soon witness tremendous changes in the five states of the South East zone.
â€œI am happy to see all the governors of the South-East at this arena, irrespective of their party affiliations. With the calibre of people here, there are no more problems in the South-East and Nigeria in general.
â€œToday is a testimony that Nigeria has crossed the line of political sagacity and political quagmire,â€™â€™ Jonathan said.
The president, represented by the Special Adviser on Special Projects, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, said that his emergence and that of Nwodo was Godâ€™s doing.
â€œWe now have somebody who can reform the PDP and who can restore the party to greater height.
â€œIf there are generals in the army, there are now generals in politics,â€™â€™ he said.
In his remarks, Nwodo commended the South-East governors for working together irrespective of their party affiliations.
â€œThe governors have demonstrated that Igbo are now united. We are not going to vie for presidency or the vice but to ensure we get the gains of democracy.
â€œWe want people with dignity, respect and care for the people to rule Nigeria and not based on ethnicity, religion or power.
â€œWe are building a new Nigeria, a new PDP that will restore power to the people,â€™â€™ Nwodo said.
The National Working Committee of the party led by the Deputy National Chairman, Alhaji Bello Haliru, pledged their support and cooperation to Nwodo.
All the governors of the South East comprising Dr Theodore Orji of Abia who recently crossed over to APGA, Peter Obi of Anambra, APGA,, Ikedi Ohakim of Imo, Martin Elechi of Ebonyi and Sullivan Chime of Enugu, attended the ceremony.