By Chidi Nkwopara
Imo State Deputy Governor, Prince Eze Madumere, has called on loyalists of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to remain united, stressing that “the party did not lose in the last elections, but Governor Rochas Okorocha was the grand loser”.
Madumere who made the assertion while addressing APC faithful from Mbaitoli local government area in his Lake Malinda country home yesterday, also charged them to join hands to rebuild and reposition the party.
While commending his party members for being resolute to rid the party of unpatriotic elements, including Rochas Okorocha, Madumere insisted that the party was more interested in producing a leadership that will 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 an election. Posterity will remember as 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 the hands of an Emperor.
“It is true that we are not on the saddle today, but we 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”, Madumere said.
Calling on their members not to leave the party, the Deputy Governor said that the party won the presidency and is also in strong control of the National Assembly.
He assured that he will join hands with other forward-looking leaders of the party to rebuild and reposition the party against future elections.
“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 party Chairman, Mr. Tony Amadi, showered encomium on Madumere for his resilience, focus and sacrifice, saying “without his leadership and temperament, the story would have been 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 the 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”.