- There have been speculations in some quarters within the polity regarding some prominent personalities joining the APC so as to avoid being probe
- But ex-president Goodluck Jonathan's COAS, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika has publicly disowned the above claims
- Ihejirika noted that his reason for joining politics is basically to help move the nation forward and not the other way round
Former Chief of Army Staff, COAS, Lt. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (retd.), has denied that he joined the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), possibly to escape being investigated over his stewardship as COAS.
Vanguard reports that the retired General who made the denial at a media chat in his Ovim Isuikwuato country home, explained that he rather decided to go into partisan politics to have the platform to contribute his quota towards good governance in the country.
General Ihejirika further explained that contrary to insinuations by blackmailers, he joined politics to help move Nigeria forward politically drawing from his wealth of experience in the military.
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"When I registered with APC I stated that two major reasons I was going into politics were: To be able to contribute my quota as former COAS in taming the tide of disunity at the national level.
“I also joined politics to make myself available to serve my people in Abia."
You can not go scot-free, Buhari speaks on corrupt people joining APC
Meanwhile, the president also spoke on people accused of corruption joining the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The president rejected the notion that corrupt politicians defect to the ruling party to escape punishment.
According to Buhari, even if those accused of corruption join his party they can't go scot-free. He explained that such defections have not stopped his government’s insistence on accountability.
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Citing a source close to the former president, the report noted that though some APC leaders have been wooing the ex-president, the Bayelsa-born politician would stay back in the PDP.
Also, the acting national chairman of the PDP, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, said the ex-president has assured them that he would not dump the party.