The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Abia State chapter, has denied ever approaching the incumbent governor of the state, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu to join the party.
Ikpeazu at the Broadcasting Corporation of Abia State (BCA), during a radio interactive programme while reacting to insinuations that he was planning to dump the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said “In the first place, I don’t begrudge those who jump political platforms.
“But for me, I have not seen any reason why I should leave the PDP. The music of politics as it plays differs from one state to the other.
“Here in Abia, I think that Ndi Abians are comfortable with the PDP as I speak and I think that the aspirations of Ndi Abia will be met and achieved under the platform of the PDP.
“Nobody has been able to convince me that there is a better party for us in Abia than the PDP. Not until that happens, I am a strong member of the PDP.
“I am a leader in the PDP and in fact, I am the deputy chairman of the PDP governor’s forum and I will rather be a conductor in a moving vehicle than the driver of a stationary vehicle,” Ikpeazu stated.
But when contacted, the state chairman of APC, Hon. Donatus Nwankpa said that “Neither did the ward, local government and zonal chairmen from where the Governor comes from nor myself (Nwankpa) made any move or advance to have the governor in our party.
“As such, people should not build on rumour. None of us has made any move for the governor to join our party.
“The issue of Ikpeazu joining or not joining is immaterial to the party. Because I have not received any report from the ward chairman, the LGA chairman or the Zonal chairman of our party in Abia South that they were making moves to have the governor in the party.
“I have not made any move to have Ikpeazu in the party as well. Every politics starts from the ward. Every politics is local.”
Pressed to get his view made by the governor alluding that APC is a stationary vehicle, Nwankpa said “I will not want to join issues with the governor.
“I will not want to be seen as being vindictive or reacting negatively because the governor said that he isn’t joining the party.”
Asked if the party would be willing to welcome the governor into their fold if he decides to join the party on a later date, Nwankpa said “that is a different matter. When we get to the bridge, we will know how to cross it.
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“The governor in the video said that he hasn’t been convinced on why he should join the party. So, tomorrow he will tell you that he is convinced. So in that case, we shouldn’t dissipate our energies on that issue.”