Ahead of the 2023 general elections and call for the people of the South East extraction to produce the next President of Nigeria, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State who doubled as member of APC High Powered Contact Strategy Committee and Mass Mobilization Sub Committee, Deacon Ideato C. Ideato Okoli has stated it categorically that the only thing that will guarantee the region the opportunity to produce the next president under the platform of the party was to speak with one voice and have what he termed “proper reconciliation” or have themselves to blame.
Speaking with newsmen in Owerri the Imo State capital, the Ideato North Local Government Area born leader in clear terms posited that for the party to move forward not only in Imo State but South East in general, the likes of His Excellency, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, Gov. Dave Umuahi, Sen. Rochas Okorocha, Sen. Chris Ngige, Sen. Ifeanyi Ararume and host of others must close ranks and join forces together with the sole aim of producing the next president of Nigeria of Igbo extraction.
He made it clear that all the leaders of the party in the South East have roles to play to ensure the desire became fruition.
He upheld the fact that they all have divers interests but can be channeled to be in one accord through dialogue while calling on those concerned to make haste while the sun shines and save the entire Igbo race the trap that is being set by their enemies by causing problems amongst them with unreliable promises.
The importance of closing ranks for the overall interest of Igbo extraction cannot be over emphasized with expression of confidence that anything can be negotiated and bringing peace back to the party could be made possible if all concerned have the interest of the Igbo race at heart.
Deacon Ideato C Ideato buttressed the fact that the structure of any party naturally belongs to the governor of the state and queried why the former Governor Rochas Okorocha should be fighting the current Governor Hope Uzodinma over the leadership of the party in the state.
He advised Sen. Okorocha to play by the rules and submit self to party leadership as there cannot be two captains at the same time in a sheep. Gov. Hope Uzodinma has the ultimate right to control the structure of the APC in the state and our duty as party members was to support him to succeed.
Harping on the need for every APC member in the state to join in the ongoing registration and revalidation exercise, Ideato C Ideato made it clear that no one is bigger than the party’s constitution and anyone who fails to revalidate, automatically exited the party and should not blame anyone for his or her ordeal.
“Registration qualifys anyone to be a member of a group and when you fail to do so, you cannot claim to be a member of such group”, he added.
He further advised both former Governor Rochas Okorocha and his supporters to go and revalidate their members with the APC adding that they should not blame anyone if they fail to do so within the grace period given to them by the national leadership of the party.
“The essence of extending the exercise was to underscore the importance attached to it by the party and every right thinking party man and woman should make judicious use of the opportunity offered by the party leadership.
Once you are not revalidated, you have no basses for argument in the party”