Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, the All Progressives Congress’ (APC) national chairman, has laid out a calculated plan for the party to strengthen its influence in the South East.
He declared that the party would use its recent victory in the Imo governorship race as a springboard to expand into the other states of Abia, Anambra, and Enugu.
The former governor of Kano State offered his viewpoint during a meeting at the party’s Abuja headquarters with Uche Nnaji, the Minister of Science and Technology.
He stressed that the APC’s overwhelming triumph in all 27 Local Government Areas during the most recent Imo governorship election is proof of the party’s expanding acceptance in the geographical area.
As the National Chairman of the APC, Ganduje outlined the party’s plan to take advantage of Governor Hope Uzodinma’s campaign for a second term.
“The goal is to solidify the party’s acceptance and demonstrate the credibility of its governance structures. This will encourage the people of the region to align with the APC’s vision and values.
“We are going to take full advantage of the victory we have in Imo State for our governor going for a second term.
“We won the election in all the 27 Local government areas, and we won with over half a million votes. Ebonyi and Imo are APC, but we are eyeing the three other states. We are going to use Imo State as a launch pad to win the zone to APC.” He added that APC is determined to bring States like Enugu into its fold.”
The APC National Chairman went on to disclose the party’s intention to start electronic member registration at the state, municipal, and ward levels. This is a calculated move meant to both precisely identify current party members and open up opportunities for new ones to join.
He turned down the Minister’s request to bar Enugu State residents—whom he described to as “APC in Abuja but PDP in Enugu”—from taking part in the APC’s joint campaign in the forthcoming 2023 election.
Rather, Ganduje highlighted the value of party unity and the creation of a reconciliation committee whose job it is to bring party members together from all states.
The APC chairman noted the difficulties that still remain in several states and underlined that the way forward calls for teamwork to create a cohesive party that can draw support from external sources.
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