The All Progressives Congress on Saturday vowed to bury the Peoples Democratic Party in the South-East.
APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, who made the vow in Enugu, urged the people of the South-East to embrace the party, noting that APC can guarantee their quest for an Igbo president.
Oyegun spoke at a rally held to welcome former Enugu State governor, Sullivan Chime, to the APC.
Chime, who served as the governor of Enugu State on the platform of the PDP from 2007 to 2015, formally registered as an APC member at the elaborate event, which held at his ward in Udi-Abia, in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State.
The event attracted several chieftains of the APC, including the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal.
Addressing the large crowd at the rally, Oyegun spoke of the need for the South-East, which is seen as the last PDP stronghold, to return to the mainstream of Nigerian politics.
Noting that most of the prominent politicians in the zone are leaving PDP, Oyegun vowed that APC would ‘finally’ bury the PDP in the South-East.
“We are going to finally bury PDP in the eastern states.
“Come the next election, who is going to be the governor of Enugu State? APC.
“Which party can best ensure Igbo presidency? Is it not APC? No other party can ensure that.
“The people of the South-East are entitled to full participation in this country, and APC is committed to provide the platform.
“For long you (South-East) have been prevented from reaping the fruits of your labour. The time has come for you to reap the fruits of your labour.
“When I get back to Abuja now, I have a message for the national headquarters of our party – Enugu State is ready, the people of the South-East are ready,” Oyegun said.
The APC national chairman added that Chime’s move to the APC would help to return the South-East to the mainstream.
He said, “From the moment we won the last election, and seeing how skewed the country is, part of the plan was to ensure that the South-East returns to the mainstream of politics in this country.
“Today, I want to assure you that the final building block that will ensure that the South-East returns to the mainstream has been put in place with Chime joining APC.
“It is something to celebrate that Chime is joining APC. You (Chime) are the type of people we need in APC.”The Punch