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Frontline politician in Imo State and 2019 All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Owerri Senatorial Zone candidate, Chief Mike Nwachukwu, has joined the All Progressive Congress, APC, with a clarion call on him by stakeholders in the party to vie for Owerrri zone senatorial seat in 2023.
Hundreds of APC faithful and political foot- soldiers of Nwachukwu who converged at his Egbelu Obube, Owerri North Local Government Area country home,unanimously urged and endorsed his cross over to the APC from APGA, describing him as the only one to change the present pitiable representation of the zone in the senate.
Speaker after Speaker from the nine local governments of Owerri zone who spoke at the event, attested to the unique qualities of Nwachukwu, whom they described as the right person with the capacity to represent Owerri zone at the Senate in 2023.
They urged him not to despair over his previous attempt to go to the Senate in 2019 which they noted was manipulated in favour of the present Senator representing Owerri zone.
They moved a motion, calling on him to decamp from APGA to the APC, which was overwhelmingly endorsed amidst thunderous ovation by APC supporters and political associates of Chief Nwachukwu at the event.
A chieftain of the APC in the State and a leader in Owerri zone, Prince Lemmy Akakem hailed Chief Nwachukwu for joining the APC which he described as a right move in the right direction.
“Mike Nwachukwu is a man of fine character. A good man with intergrity. He is the right man for Owerri zone at the Senate in 2023 and we will support him totally when he declares. We wholeheartedly accept his coming to the APC” he said
In his opening remarks, a notable politician in the State and Director General, Mike Nwachukwu campaign organization during the 2019 Owerri senatorial election, Orikeze Vitalis Ajumbe, explained that Owerri zone would have had a strong voice at the Senate if Mike Nwachukwu was not robbed of victory in 2019.
He said Mike Nwachukwu decided to come over to the APC as a believer in the policies and programmes of President Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State.
” Mike Nwachukwu contested for the senate in 2019 on the platform of APGA because our President, Buhari had told Imolites then, to vote for candidates of their choice across party lines. Mike has decided to listen and accept the decision of his massive followers in Owerri zone to join the APC”he said
In his remarks, a chieftain of the APC in Imo State, Chris Ogonus Ugochukwu Okoro, commended Mike Nwachukwu for coming over to the APC which he described as a good move. He expressed optimism that he will emerge victorious in the next election based on the fact he has overwhelming support of the people of Owerri zone.
Mr.Peter Orji, a former Commissioner of Works in Imo State, in his remarks, urged APC faithful in Owerri zone to translate their support for Mike Nwachukwu for Senator Hope Uzodinma, Governor of Imo State.
Chief Nwachukwu who holds the prestigious traditional title of Mpi Dike Of Egbelu Obube community, in his response, expressed gratitude to his supporters, party faithful for their consistent support and accepted their request to join the All Progressive Congress, APC from the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.
He recalled his first attempt to go to the Senate in 2019 saying he was massively voted for by the people of Owerri zone but their mandate was truncated.
He said “I ran a good race. I campaigned across the nooks and crannies of Owerri zone. I went to all the wards in the zone. Our people accepted and embraced our aspiration. And during the elections, they came out and voted for me.
“I was the candidate to beat. But in the end, there were flaws in the electoral process. We know how and why we lost and how some forces upturned our victory.
He continued “I was on the verge of victory before we were robbed in the end. But never again shall our victory be denied us. I remain hopeful and confident that with your support this time, we will succeed and never again will the choice of the people Owerri zone for the senate be truncated.
“I accept the call on me to join the APC and together we shall take Owerri zone to enviable heights” he concluded.
Those Who Attended
Prince Lemmy Akakem (Okpata Ozuoha) Lady Ann Dozie, Prof. Vitalis Orikeze Ajumbe, Chief Christogonus Ugochukwu Okoro (Agbara Ahuru Gbuo Okuko), Chief Sam Anukam (Agunwa Ngor-Okpala), Chief Sam Ejiogu (Akaraka), Lady Chinedu Akaluso, Chief Ken Uba Oshieze, Chief Tex Ukonu, Chief Ugochukwu (Etiokwe Eriokwe), Chief Ibezim Nwachukwu, Prince Obodo Ejiogu, Chief Emma Nkirisi, Lady Julie Egbo, Prince Jude Ekeh, Chief Lambert Iwueke, Sir Law Madu, Engr. Lams Ibe (APC Owerri North Chairman), The APC OAU Ward Chairman (Emma Kaliko Nnadi), Chief Innocent Iheme – Oshieze, Bede Oduoza (DG, Mike Nwachukwu Senatorial Campaign Organisation), Chief Victor Onyeulo, Barr. (Mrs.) Comfort Oti, Chief Peter Onu (Alankwo Ala), Chief Peter Orji (Big Doo), Chief Ezeala Jude Egwim, Ndaa Doctor Orisakwe (Orji), Nnanyi Ukwu Aboshi, and a host of other politicians from Owerri Zone. Also in attendance were Members of The Mike Nwachukwu Senatorial Campaign Advisory Council