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Why APC Is A Child of Necessity – Okorocha

Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, on Wednesday, stated that the emergence of the opposition parties’ coalition, All Progressives Congress (APC), had become ‘a child of necessity’ at present, stating that the emergence of APC would be in the best interest of the nation’s politics, democracy and Ndigbo.

He made disclosure in Abuja, while briefing journalists after inspecting the on-going construction work of the state liaison building in the city. While admitting that his teaming up with APC is to retrieve power from the People Democratic Party (PDP) at the centre, the governor said: “It’s not in doubt that I’m in APC. All Peoples Grand Alliance (APGA) is no longer the issue; we have moved beyond that and we are talking about APC now.  Of course you will agree with me that there are factions of APGA; one of the factions is the one being led by me, the other one is the Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi-led faction and the one led by Chief Victor Umeh.

“On my part, we have said the formation of APC is for the better interest of Ndigbo, national politics, and democracy. Now we have a bigger party which would be a national party, that is why the APC became necessary.”

Continuing, he said: “If you look at it, the Congress for Progress Change (CPC), All Nigeria’s Peoples Party (ANPP), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and APGA were all regional parties. And if all these regional parties decide to form a mega party, then it is wise for every small party to join this big party knowing fully that you will be inconsequential if you remain with your tiny regional sentiment, and I think this nation should go beyond regional sentiment and talk about national sentiment and national issues.”

Okorocha also said the best option for opposition parties was the emergence of APC as a strong and viable party, adding: “Good enough, APC has come to stay. “It’s no longer in doubt whether I’m in APC or AGPA, but let it be known that people have  always seen APGA as Igbo  cultural party,” admitting that  APGA has never been a national party as it is not really a political party. “For us, it is like an Igbo thing and for now, it is very proper that we look at it from a bigger picture that would benefit our people.

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