Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, on Friday, November 28, revealed the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) wants all members of the opposition political parties in the South-East to join the party.
Uzodinma made this disclosure during a press briefing after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the governor, the idea is to have all politicians in the South-East in APC.
Uzodinma said: “Everybody that is not in the APC now in the South East is a target.
“It is not only governors. It includes those who are not governors, the entire political class.
“The whole idea is making the ideology of the party known to the people; allaying their fears, and encouraging them to come.
“There is no gainsaying that if you are not with the national party; and you choose to be in the opposition, of course, you will continue to fast until God answers your prayers.
“But we that are in the ruling party, of course, what it will take us to solve certain problems may be different from what it will take somebody who is not very close to the source of authority to solve his own problems.”
The Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, is the latest politician from the South-East to join the APC.
He switched from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling party about two weeks ago.
Meanwhile, the Senate Chief Whip, Orji Kalu, on Friday, November 27, refuted reports which quoted him to have said that the Igbo should forget the presidency in 2023.
1st News gathered that various news outlets had issued a fake report stating that Orji Kalu had called on the people of the Southeast to forget about the Nigeria president of Igbo extraction project.
Speaking on the sidelines of the expanded caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Umuahia, Abia State, Orji Kalu stressed that there was no time he made such a statement.
The Senate Chief Whip said he rather advised Ndigbo to forget about restructuring; and focus on the presidency of the Igbo extraction project and make it have a national outlook instead of localizing it within the Igbo enclave.
“I never said that Igbo should forget about the presidency. I made the comment at Prince B.B Apugo’s house; and they misquoted me. I said the Igbo should forget about restructuring; and face the Igbo presidency issue which if they negotiate very well with other parts of the country they can get.
“It’s about negotiation; and I believe if the Igbo negotiates very well, they’ll get it. So, there is no way I will ask the Southeast to forget about the presidency.”