Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has given reasons for dumping the All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA) for the All Progressives Congress(APC), saying the party is ethnic-based.
Speaking at Mbaise weekend during the conferment of chieftaincy title on one of his commissioners, Dr. Iheanyi Nwachukwu, Governor Okorocha disclosed that he left the APGA because it had no capacity to win presidential election or head the National Assembly.
He however admitted that APGA can win governorship election in any state in South East but not at national level.
In his words, “There’s no way Igbo can become Nigeria’s president, vice president, senate president, etc in APGA. We know APGA can win governorship election but not at federal level”.
The governor told the people that his joining the APC had started yielding positive fruits, with his recent election as the chairman of the APC Governors’ Forum.
Owelle Okorocha maintained that APC was meant for better Igbo at national level, and urged the people to embrace the party.
He said the defection of the five PDP governors to APC had vindicated him, adding that with the votes of the two most populous states(Lagos and Kano) during presidential election, APC would coast home to victory against the PDP in 2015 elections.
The governor assured that more PDP governors and chieftains would officially defect to APC in 2014.
Governor Okorocha jeered at the the PDP, saying the party was now in total disarray and was now ready to hand over power to the APC.
“PDP is now in total disarray because of the prayer of Nigerians against their years of misrule.
Today, former president Olusegun Obasanjo is publicly fighting with the man he personally installed as the president”.
He told the people of Mbaise not to be deceived by the few board appointments given to a few from the area, saying for them continue following the PDP, they must be sure that roads, hospitals, schools have been constructed by the PDP for them.
Governor Okorocha used the occasion to announce his decision to recruit 50,000 unemployed youths from his Imo Youth Must Work programme starting from January 2014.
According to him, those to be recruited would be paid basic salary by his government pending when they secure employment.
“This is very possible. I know PDP members will not believe it, but it will happen before all of them”.