John Oyegun

The national chairman of All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, said Saturday that the party was now the choice political platform in the South-east that the people were willing to identify with and vote.

He stressed that the November governorship election in Anambra State would prove this.

Odigie-Oyegun spoke in Udi, headquarters of Udi Local Government Area, during a ceremony to formally receive the former governor of the state, Sullivan Chime, who recently announced his defection to APC.

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The reception for Chime was well attended by APC leaders from across the country, including Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, APC National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso, and Chief George Moghalu, among other members of the party’s National Working Committee.

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Also at the event were APC’s national vice chairman for South-east, Chief Emma Eneukwu, Chime’s opponent at the 2011 governorship election, Okey Ezea, and Director General, Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu.

Speaking after receiving Chime into the party, Odigie-Oyegun said, “I have been to the East several times but this is the greatest visit. Change has finally come to Enugu State. South-east is special because for too long you have been yearning for change.”

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He said APC will have a sweeping victory in future elections in the South-east, declaring, “The coming Anambra State governorship election will be a test of what I am saying. We have Anambra in our pocket. Abia is in our kitty. Or is it Ebonyi?”

“I hope to return to the East very soon. This is more like a semi-final. We are coming back here for the finals very soon,” the APC chairman said.

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In his remarks, Eneukwu said, “Chime left PDP on his own volition. He did not leave because of any threat or intimidation. It is because of the calibre of Chime that the national officers led by the national chairman stormed Enugu to receive him into the party.”

Responding, Chime said, “I believe that the APC is the only party that will lead our people to their aspirations.” He told the cheering crowds of supporters at the event to go home and spread the APC message.

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