The Eze Ndigbo of Lagos State and Chairman Council of Ndieze, Christian Uchechukwu Nwachukwu, has assured the All Progressives Congress that the people of Southeast will support the party’s candidates in the 2023 general elections.
Nwachukwu gave this assurance during a meeting of all Eze Ndigbo from all the local government areas and LCDAs, Ndigbo in Lagos APC and other Igbo residents in Lagos.
The meeting, which took place in Igbo Community Centre, Okota in Isolo Local Council Development Area (LCDA), was also used to endorse the leadership of the Igbos in the state lead by Jude Chukwuemeka Idimogu.
“We have gathered to celebrate the victory. We are celebrating our Apex Leader of Ndigbo in Lagos APC, Jude Idimogu who has been recognised by the traditional leaders and all members of the Igbo community in Lagos State.
“Leadership is all about people. We the Igbo appointed and endorsed Jude Emeka Idimogu as Apex Leader to represent Ndigbo in Lagos APC. The people have given him the mandate as corrective measures to our past experiences of losing elections, our people being lethargic in active politics, and are suspected by the indigenes and party leaders as saboteurs in the electoral successes of the party. In that circumstance, Ndigbo were not trusted again by their hosts.”
“Ndigbo in Lagos APC never had an apex leader. What we had was a claimant. One cannot claim to be an apex leader and continue to say he is not an Igbo man; that Ndigbo are charlatans, and that he is a Nigerian. Such a man cannot be our apex leader.
“What the elders in various local governments and LCDAs did was to come together and re-evaluate the situation that has put Ndigbo down for too long due to lack of leadership. Where were we, where are we and where are we going? These became pertinent questions that provided the answers that necessitated our action to choose a leader that would be acceptable to all Igbo in Lagos.
“We discovered that all the support that the state government has been giving to Ndigbo through one man who falsely claimed to be apex leader has been acting alone and never carried his people along. That informed majority of our people not showing interest in active politics and to vote during elections. They don’t show interest in the affairs of the party in the state.
“We had to take some steps to remedy the ugly situation because the indigenes are angry about our lack of serious commitment to APC in the state. We discovered that Joe Igbokwe has been the cause of all these problems because he goes alone, gets alone and eats alone as he didn’t carry Ndigbo along.
“Ndigbo searched for a credible candidate and decided to support Idimogu to remedy the situation. Since then, he has been going from one local government to the other to turn the hearts of our people back to APC. We are happy that the authorities in the state accepted him and that informed our celebration,” he said.