A former Senate President, Chief Ken Nnamani, on Sunday officially joined the All Progressives Congress from the Peoples Democratic Party.
|Former Senate President Ken Nnamani (pictured with broom)|
It will be recalled that Nnamani was elected into the Senate on the platform of the PDP.
But on Sunday, he registered as a member of the APC in his country home in Amechi-Uwani, Enugu South Local Government Area of Enugu State.
Nnamani is the head of the Electoral Reform Committee set up by President Muhammadu Buhari.
Nnamani said of his decision to join APC: “I like to identify with potential winners.
“If that makes me an opportunist, so be it.”
“In the politics of our nation, if you look carefully and read between the lines, you will not ask somebody who is on his way back from the market to buy something for you, such a person will not get anything for you, but if you ask somebody who is on his way to the market to buy something for you, he is more likely to get it for you.
“I noticed that the APC has all it takes, but it is not perfect yet.
“We will join hands to make it near perfect.
“I am acting according to my conscience.
“Many people will criticise me that I am abandoning a party that helped me to attain a high level politically.
”February 6, 2016, was the day I left the PDP and went into political sabbatical.
“Our (Nigeria’s) constitution does not allow independent candidates, so I cannot remain party-less.
“Now that change is going on in the country, one cannot remain rigid.”
Nnamani equally urged the Igbo people to join the APC.
He said: “The South-East has a role to play in our nation.
“We can’t play that role from outside.
“We have to be inside to play our role in Nigeria.
“Even if we want to ask that imbalances in the country should be corrected, we have to ask for that from inside.
“You cannot stay outside to criticise.
“It is not about being confrontational.
“I am not condemning any party or anybody, but since you cannot be an independent candidate, you have to join a political party, even if it is not yet perfect.
“But then, even those who stayed 16 years (in power) could not achieve perfection.
“So, we have a better chance to support a party we can help and build to achieve perfection.
“I am not hiding it that I want to identify with the APC and I will do that boldly.
“In time, I will tell my supporters that this is where the road is.”
Among those who witnessed Nnamani’s registration were the Vice Chairman, APC South-East, Chief Emma Eneukwu; the Director-General, Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu; the Chairman, Enugu State chapter of the party, Dr. Ben Nwoye; and the Chairman of the Registration Committee, Rev. Tony Ibeabuchi.
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