Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress and erstwhile National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has again expressed misgivings on the trending ploy to contract former President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan into the 2023 presidential race, the media consultant described proponents of the scheme as political jobbers and desperados conscripted to rubbish the hard earned integrity and reputation of the ex Nigeria leader. He called on Dr. Jonathan and Niger Delta leaders to be weary of such satanic conspiracy which he said would be fatal to the growth and development of the oil rich region. He described such a plot as a scheme to deny the South its rightful two terms come 2023.
Eze maintained that those canvassing and plotting this satanic plot is to make the Southern section of Nigeria to only be entitled to one Term and for power to be shifted to the North after his single term if he wins the 2023 election. “To me, this group and her supporters should bury such thought as this plot is already dead on arrival”.
“On the future of the politics of Nigeria, I must reiterate that the zoning principle based on the spirit of equity, fairness and goodness must be sustained and encouraged. Here, Gov. Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau and other great leaders of this country who have continued to voice their support that the next President of Nigeria must come from the Southern part of Nigeria need to be commended and congratulated as anything short of this is invitation to anarchy”.
Eze in another development expressed a deep sense of disappointment over the crop of defectors from Rivers State, APC who recently left the APC to pitch their tents with the People’s Democratic Party. He said the multitude of trashes presented as reasons for their departure from the APC can at best be described as mere balderdash and destitute of reality, only meriting the waste bin.
In a statement made available to media houses, the party chief lashed at the former progressives whom he described as lacking in the minimum standard sense of reasoning prescribed for every human of average intelligence, for failing to strike a balance between the head and the heart and say ‘no’ when occasion demanded, stressing that such is the ultimate standard of measurement for real men with will power.
Eze said, one would have loved to see a situation where ideological orientation and the love for service to God and humanity precedes self in the decision to resign their membership 0f the APC, stressing that indiscriminate change of party at the slightest provocation without more, merely makes a mockery of basic democratic principles.
The party stalwart called on members of the public and party faithful to disregard the misguided individuals whom he described as remnants of the collapsed Abe structure who were willing tools in the hands of the devil and have wrecked more havoc on the Rivers APC especially, the painful denial of Rivers people their fundamental right of choosing their representatives in the parliament and other positions in government.
He counselled politicians to be inspired and driven by the will to serve and make remarkable imprints with which they will be remembered at the end of their voyage in the public space, rather than randomly jump parties for the sole purpose of grabbing public offices to impoverish the citizens and leave the masses in perpetual squalor without a hint of remorse.
Similarly, the party bigwig hailed former members of the Peoples Democratic Party, who left the perforated umbrella that could no longer shield them in rainy days, for the progressives’ family over the weekend. He said the former PDP members had very basic and genuine grievances for leaving their former political organization to join the APC especially, given the obvious fact that Rivers people have been denied every benefit accruable to them in a democracy under the PDP/Wike led state government.
Former Governorship aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (2015), Chief Hon. Ibinabo Michael West; former Commissioner for Chieftaincy and Community Affairs, Dr. John Bazie and former Member, Rivers State House of Assembly, Hon. Dr. Ipalibo Bereto George were among people of goodwill and patriots who joined the Rivers APC and were received by the South-South leader of the party and Nigeria’s Transportation Minister, HE., Rt. Hon. Dr. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi CON.
Others are: erstwhile Legal Adviser of the Peoples Democratic Party in Rivers State, Barr. Chima Obinna; Chief Salvation Ezegwogwo and former Chairman, Implementation Committee on Business Place Registration, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Johnny Soye Lulu Barango.
Congratulating the new entrants, Eze urged them to mobilize their wealth of experience towards the ongoing rebuilding process aimed at stabilizing the party to take over the Brick House in 2023.
He called on leaders and members across board to participate in the membership revalidation exercise and woo others to join the progressives family and obtain their membership slip for identification and record purposes, stressing that the move is aimed at strengthening the party and repositioning it for better future outings.
In a separate development, the party chieftain commended President Mohammadu Buhari and members of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the dissolution of all zonal, state, LGA and ward structures and committees of the party, to give room for a holistic overhaul of the system and resolution of all crisis ravaging the various chapters of the party in the country.
He commended the extension of the tenure of the Mai Buni led Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the APC by six months, stressing that the elongation will allow the party put modalities in place for a successful national convention as well as a hitch free planned nation wide membership revalidation exercise billed to commence soon.
Eze counseled the leadership of the party to be fair to all sections of the country in considering the appropriate zone due for the 2023 presidency. He said such critical decision is pivotal to the electoral chances of the party in the next general elections and thus, called on the party to play fairly and safely too for the good of all.
Speaking in Port Harcourt, Sunday, during the inauguration of the executive committee members of a political pressure group; the Amaechi Vanguard, Chief Eze, represented by Hon. Benson Nwachukwu, said the position of the Minister of Transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Amaechi in the hearts of Nigerians remain incontrovertible, considering the giant strides he is making to the pride of Nigeria and indeed, Nigerians.
He cautioned those scheming to destroy the Rivers APC in a bid to rubbish the Minister to have a rethink and desist from such untoward endeavor, reiterating that such plots will always turn out to be wasteful ventures and efforts in futility. He called on all stakeholders to join hands with the Minister to reposition the party in Rivers state into a better, strong and virile All Progressives Congress, for the general good of Rivers people.