From; Madu Ezenoha, Enugu
Immediate past governor of Enugu State Sullivan Chime officially registered with the All Progressives Congress (APC) at his Udi/Abia ward in Udi local government area of the state on Saturday.
Chime had weeks back announced his resignation from his former party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) declaring that the party was dead and cremated.
At the carnival like rally to usher his entrance to APC, the national chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun declared that his visit to Enugu to receive the former governor marks the semi-final leg of the battle to sink PDP, noting that his next and final visit to the zone would mark the final burial of PDP in the South East.
Oyegun said now is the time for Ndigbo to reap the fruit of their labour in their contributions in building Nigeria.
He said that APC remains the best option for Ndigbo in realising their political desire of producing the president of Nigeria.
The APC national chairman said, “South East is especially important to us because for too long you have been deceived, for too long you have been prevented from reaping the fruit of your labour .
“In the South East are the most intelligent people in this nation, in the South East are people who truly believe in the Nigerian nation. I say this because there is nowhere you go to that you don’t plant roots, you build houses, you establish trade, you set up industries, you develop wherever you are in this nation.
“And I think personally that time has come for you to reap the fruit of your labour,” he said.
Oyegun said that Chime was a big catch for the party because of his sterling performance in office when he was governor, and one of the intelligent people they want in APC, noting that with his entrance, the final building block that will return South East to national politics has been put in place.
He stated that his visit to personally receive Chime was the semi-final adding that his next visit to South East will be the final when the former ruling party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would finally be buried in the South East.
Speaking, the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal described Enugu State as gateway to South East due to its metropolitan nature, stressing that the first mayor of Enugu State was a northerner.
Tambuwal welcomed Chime into the party on behalf of all the APC governors, noting that the presence of national chairman of the party, Oyegun, which happens to be the first he was attending the registration of any new member, was indicative of the fact that the party means business and is ready to do business with the South East to ensure a united and greater nation.
In his acceptance speech, the former governor, Chime, described the presence of Oyegun, Tambuwal and members of the national working committee of the party as a humbling experience.
He stated that with the assurances of the national chairman of the party, the door is now open to people of the South East into APC, adding that there is no other option and that the only place anybody who wants to be politically active to be is APC.
While reiterating that PDP was dead and that APC was the only viable party in the country as at today, Chime stressed that though he thought he had retired from politics, some recent events forced him out.
“A lot of meetings have been held by disgruntled elements trying to stop this rally but you can see the crowd. I have taken the decision to join APC not because of any position but to ensure that our people are properly directed to make sure they get their fair share in the country, ” he said.
The national vice Chairman of APC South East, Emma Eneukwu and the state chairman, Dr. Ben Nwoye thanked the national chairman and other dignitaries for attending the event, saying that the number of people joining the party shows that the people support the change mantra of APC and the developmental strides of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Other dignitaries that attended the event include national organising secretary of the party, Sen Osita Izunaso; national auditor, George Moghalu and other national working committee members of the party.
Others are former minister of labour and productivity, Emeka Nwogu; former Speaker of the state Assembly, Rt. Hon. Eugene Odo and other APC stalwarts and state working committee members.