- For the APC, southeastern Nigeria is a goldmine where opportunities for the 2023 presidential poll can be tapped
- The ruling party said this is part of the reason it received an Abia state-born former Nigerian military head, Azuibike Ihejirika
- Ihejirika's new membership in the APC, as Mai Mala Buni sees it, will afford the southeast the chance of enjoying political power at the national level
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has spoken up on why it allowed a former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Azubuike Ihejirika, to join its fold.
Mai Mala Buni, the governor of Yobe who is also the chairman of APC's caretaker extraordinary convention planning committee, disclosed that this gesture of the ruling party is in the interest of Abia state in particular and the southeast in general, The Cable reports.
According to The Sun, Buni said the coming of Ihejirika into the party will further help the state usher in the APC so that in the long run, the region will come to the centre politically.
The APC boss noted:
“The coming of Gen. Ihejirika will increase the fortunes of the party in Abia state and the south-east generally.
“This is a great moment for the party as Gen. Ihejirika and other sons and daughters of the region are coming into the party to deliver the region and bring the south-east closer to the center. We look forward to more of APC presence in the south-east.”
Earlier, Ihejirika on Tuesday, February 16 officially defected to the country's governing party - APC.
Ihejirika was Nigeria's army chief between 2010 to 2014 under former President Goodluck Jonathan.
He had been rumoured to be preparing to join partisan politics in his home state of Abia for over a year. Ihejirika, 65, announced his decision to join the APC at his Isuikwuato country home in Abia-North senatorial district.
Disclosing his reasons for joining the APC, Ihejirika said that his coming into politics by joining the APC is to contribute to the progress of the party at the state and national level.