Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State on Wednesday said the All Progressives Congress (APC) is already heading for victory in the 2023 general election with the Party’s rancor-free National Special Convention that produced former Governor of Lagos State and National leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the standard-bearer.
The Governor who spoke to newsmen at the Sam Mbakwe International Cargo Airport, Owerri amid rousing reception by supporters said his Party not only had a very successful Convention but produced a Presidential Candidate through a process that was rancor-free and adjudged top-notch by everyone.
He said with what transpired at the National Special Convention and the commitment of members to the ideals of the Party, “the APC remains the Party to beat in the 2023 general election.”
“The Party is heading for victory in 2023,” the Governor assured and called on members to remain focused.
He also spoke on the earlier position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide as regards the Vice Presidential position.
The Governor noted: “There is no provision on the ballot paper for the Vice President. Therefore, Ohanaeze Ndigbo was never in context of the position of Vice President. The Vice President is a position that is always nominated or chosen by the Presidential Candidate in consultation with the political Party and some critical stakeholders of the Party.”
However, Governor Uzodimma reiterated the original stand of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to have their own from the South East nominated as Presidential Candidate from any of the two major political parties, noting that “since they did not get it this time they may get it another time.”
Those who joined Governor Uzodimma’s numerous supporters from the 27 local government areas of Imo State and other APC faithful to receive him at the Airport include the Deputy Governor, Prof. Placid Njoku, Speaker of Imo State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Kennedy Ibe and his deputy, Rt. Hon. Amara Iwuanyanwu and other principal officers of the House.
Others were the Secretary to the Government of Imo State, Chief Cosmas Iwu, the Chief of Staff, Barr Nnamdi Anyaehie and members of the State Expanded Executive Council.
Also on hand to welcome the Governor were APC leaders in the State, Local Government Chairmen, Women and Youth groups, among others.