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Remain in opposition and starve, Uzodinma warns Southeast politicians

Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned politicians particularly those in the Southeast that they would go hungry if they choose to remain in opposition political parties. 
Making this declaration in a chat with State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari in Abuja on Friday, the Governor also said that that his Ebonyi State counterpart, Dave Umahi, who recently quit the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had not told him he wanted to join the APC.
 Umahi left the PDP after accusing the party of not zoning the 2023 presidential ticket to the Southeast.

Uzodinma explained that the ruling party’s ambition is to get into its fold, as many Nigerians as possible, hence the current drive for opposition politicians. 
According to Umahi: “Everybody that is not in the APC now in the Southeast is a target. It’s 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. 
“Once you believe in Nigeria and you have a pan-Nigeria attitude, of course, you will go for a national party. There is no gainsaying that if you are not with the national party, and you choose to be in opposition, of course, you will continue to fast until God answers your prayers. 
“But we that are in the ruling, 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 Imo governor was of the view that the APC’s desire is to have as many as possible politicians within its rank as a national party to encourage national unity and cohesion. 
He added:  “Well, I must count myself very lucky. After I emerged as APC governor, I used to be an orphan. You will agree with me I have a brother now, who is also in APC. 
“My hope is that the region will see the reason and the wisdom in coming over to the ruling party because the ruling party is a national party. 
“There is no way you can compare what your people will get in an opposition party to what they will get from the ruling party. APC is the ruling party which has access to the federal government. And because our preaching and gospel has always been how to unite Nigeria, how to encourage national unity, national integration, and national cohesion. 
“It will be more cost effective to have my people, the people of southeast see reason and join APC, the national party. I’m very optimistic that gradually, we will get there. It’s a matter of convincing our people, which we are doing.
“I think we will continue to encourage our people because the whole idea is that once the idealogy is right, the system is working, nobody wants to go to a war that he will lose. So, you join those who are winning.
“I think if it’s possible for all of us to belong to the APC since the APC as I peak to you now has the best political manifesto, programmes and government in power, I see nothing wrong in all of us joining APC based on conviction not that you are coerced into joining APC. 
“But if you voluntarily come into APC, our dream is to have every citizens of Nigeria become a member of our party because we have to be ambitious.”
On the chances of the Southeast getting the party’s presidencial ticket, Uzodinma said: “What we are trying to do is to explain to our people the need to see that this Nigerian project belongs to all of us and if you jump out of the train, don’t accuse anybody of pushing you out of the train. 
“It is not about whether you want to be president now or not. You don’t get presidential ticket by the market square, it is the decision of the political party, you must be loyal to your political party. 
“So, I know that my brother Umahi is politically strong in the southeast and joining APC would add to the value of the party in my region, but he never told me he is coming because he will be president.”

Written by ExpressDay

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