Anambra poll: 2023, reason I led Mass Movement into APC, by Ex Minister

By AdvocateNews on 04/11/2021

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Prince John Emeka
Prince John Emeka

By Ngozi Omah, Awka

A former Minister and ex-chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Prince John Emeka has thrown more light on why he led the mass movement of top members of the party into the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to him, “We are now in APC to support Andy Uba, and lead our people to the Centre...”

He pointed out that in political leadership one always look out for what is best for your people -where they stand to benefit more in terms of democracy dividends like education, agriculture, infrastructure, jobs and empowerment.

Emeka said it was his belief that “Anambra North Senatorial zone, especially my core area of Omambala need help from the centre. We need to be connected to the Centre of Nigeria to be able to have infrastructure development, education, empowerment and all other life enhancing facilities. That is, things that would make them excel.

“So I believe that All Progressives Congress (APC) government will remain in power. I believe that working with Sen Andy Uba we can key in to the Federal Government and attract all that we need in the state. It is very important that we have somebody who has been there before and understands the dynamics of how our Federal Republic works.”

On the rising insecurity and agitations for self rule in parts of the country, the former Minister of State for Transportation said, “Well, APC being the party in power has the major responsibility of protecting all citizens, and keep the nation together. If am the President, I will be really worried if I have multiple agitations. 

“However, it’s okay for anyone to agitate if you are marginalized or feel marginalized; including myself I will agitate if I feel unfairly treated. But the process of going about it matters. People would want to embark on arms struggle, or want to get involved in politics to be able to get to the centre to enable them present and represent the views of their people. I am totally against anything that has to do with arms. Rather, am for raising your voice when marginalized; am for seeking for what is best for your people. That is what leadership is all about. But how you go about it is the big question. We have been through the Biafran war and it wasn’t an experience anyone would want to go through again. Though I was about seven years old then. But I still recollect jet fighters bombing the Otuocha area, and the terror that a young boy of seven would feel.

“So if I have a better way of actualizing my agitation I will pursue it. More so we have a Constitution and processes that we can pursue. Young people must agitate because nobody want to be a second class citizen. Not at all. And I will never agree for my people to be second class citizens.

"On Islamization allegation, I don’t know or see how that is possible because we have Christians in the North and in the South. There can be some radicals, people that want to spread their religion by force. There are different tools of spreading religions. I think the most powerful tool is through the television and the media. It can reach a lot of people. It’s a free world. My concern is that I will never support anyone trying to spread his religion by force. More so, I don’t think that anyone will convince me to change from being a Christian. I never felt the pressure that everyone is being forced to become Muslim. How? When? Where is the pressure?"

He admitted that due to some misgivings that stemmed from lack of proper information that marketing an APC Governorship candidate in Anambra has been a bit daunting, even with very popular faces like himself in the lineup.

“There’s no doubt about it, yes. A lot of issues including very damaging negative propaganda against the party by the opposition parties in the state have been responsible. We all know that in politics propaganda remains a potent tool. Today APC is witnessing more and more of it."

Posted 04/11/2021 02:21:17 AM

 

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