By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA—The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked the people of the South East to join the party in order to overcome the issue of marginalization in the current dispensation.
National chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun gave the condition yesterday in Abuja during a reconciliation meeting to pacify the aggrieved aspirants in the recently conducted Anambra governorship primary.
This came as a former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani also stated that his people have no moral standing to complain of marginalization since they do not belong to the ruling party.
“I totally agree with Oyegun, especially on the issue of marginalization that you do not stay under the rain when it is pouring heavily and start crying . Unless you go into the ruling party and make meaningful contributions, you will then have a moral standing to ask why don’t we have this or that?”, he declared.
In July 2015, President Muhammadu Buhari had in an interview, expressed similar sentiments. Asked of his plans on inclusive governance, the president had said; “I hope you have a copy of the election results. The constituents, for example, that gave me 97% of the votes cannot in all honesty be treated on the same level with constituencies that gave me 5%.”
However, at Thursday’s parley which was boycotted by one of the aspirants, Sen. Andy Uba, the party chairman noted that Anambra is an important state for the APC to win, describing it as “the gateway to the South-east.”
According to Chief Odigie-Oyegun; “It is important that we do everything we can, fair and square, to bring Anambra state into the fold of the progressives for a lot of reason. Until we manage to bring few states into the mainstream of progressive politics, we may not see the end of this continued cry of marginalization.
“It is important that we work very hard to win Anambra being a critical state in the South-east. It is not going to be a small political struggle. We must work hard with unity of purpose to break through to the South-east in a major way to win Anambra.”
Aside the party’s cadidate, Tony Nwoye, aspirants at the meeting included George Moghalu, Madu Nonso, Bart Nwibe, Patrick Nwike, Chike Obidigbo, Johnbosco Onunkwo, and Uzoh Obinna.
However, Andy Uba, Paul Chukwuma and Uchegbu Adaobi were absent.
“We are in politics and we recognize that each and every one of those who aspired to the office of the Governor of Anambra state has a constituency. Each has something very significant to contribute if we are to have hope of taking over the governor’s seat in Anambra from an incumbent.