Hon Sir (Dr) Jude Chukwuemeka Idimogu, the Igbo political Apex leader Lagos shortlists names of Ndigbo APC Excos.
From John Silas, Lagos
Ndigbo in the All Progressives Congress (APC) in a determined effort to make the party attractive to the ethnic group, repositioned its leadership in Lagos State, announcing members of new Executive Committee.
While announcing membership of the committee over the weekend, where Chief Ernest Nwankpa was named chairman, the group, led by Hon. Jude Omobowale Idimogu, member representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 2 at the Lagos State House of Assembly, who is also the apex leader of the group, stated that members would work as a team to ensure the growth of the party, as well as attract other Igbo personalities to the APC.
The gathering which had prominent Igbo sons and daughters in attendance, including Eze Christain Nwachukwu, the Eze Ndigbo in Lagos; Chief John Uche, first Lagos State President of Ohaneze Ndigbo, and a host of others, offered opportunity for Ndigbo to rub minds on their expectations from leadership of the paety in Lagos State.
Chief Uche said that “the time had come for Ndigbo to embrace the APC”, maintaining that with the emergence of Idimogu as the apex leader in the state, and considering the exceptional leadership quality of the lawmaker, the time was ripe for the ethnic group to stop politics of oposition.
“We now have a leader we can trust, not somebody who has openly told us that he is not an Igbo man, insulted us. We will all Idimogu and his team. We will join the party, and benefit from the party.
“Joe Igbokwe, is one of us. He will make due with the position of a patron. He has been there for over two decades, let him give chance for a new leadership.
“All of us are going to innagurate this group at the national stadium very soon. We will say bye bye to the politics of oposition in Lagos,” he said.
Idimogu said that a leader is only a servant, stressing that he would to appeal to every son and daughter of Igbo origin in Lagos to give him and the new executive committee, necessary support to promote the party and benefit maximally from the party.
While appreciating the honour done him by naming him chairman of the group, Nwankpa said that the primary assignment of the group was to rebuild the party as well as build Lagos State.
He charged Ndigbo in Lagos to speak with one voice, maintaing that Ndigbo had erroneously thought that they were being marginalised.
He also pointed out that the problem Ndigbo had was bad leadership.
“We have a new apex leader in the person of Jude Emeka Idimogu. I am assuring all of us that we are going to harness all the lost glory.
“We are going to use every opportunity that we have to bring Ndigbo together. We would always vote en masse for APC during elections.
“We must all join hands to move the party forward,” Nwankpa said.