APC Chairman Outlines Plan to Expand Influence in South East Using Imo as Stepping Stone

By Mohammed Bello Doka

In a recent meeting at the party's headquarters in Abuja, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje, discussed the party's strategic approach to solidify its political presence in the South East region of Nigeria. Ganduje expressed the intention to leverage the recent success in the Imo governorship election as a launching point for extending the party's reach to other states in the region.

Ganduje highlighted the comprehensive victory of the APC in all 27 Local Government Areas in the Imo governorship election as evidence of the party's growing acceptance in the South East. He emphasized the party's goal to capitalize on Governor Hope Uzodinma's second term bid in order to solidify the party's acceptance and demonstrate the credibility of its governance structures.

"We are going to take full advantage of the victory we have in Imo State for our governor going for a second term. We won the election in all the 27 Local Government Areas, and we won with over half a million votes. Ebonyi and Imo are APC, but we are eyeing the three other states. We are going to use Imo State as a launch pad to win the zone to APC," Ganduje said, expressing the party's determination to bring states like Enugu into its fold.

To further enhance the party's influence, the APC Chairman revealed the party's plan to initiate electronic registration of its members at the ward, local government, and state levels. This move aims to accurately identify existing members while creating accessible avenues for new members to join the party.

Regarding concerns raised by the Minister of Science and Technology, Uche Nnaji, about Enugu State natives who are identified as APC supporters in Abuja but PDP supporters in Enugu, Ganduje stressed the importance of party unity. He highlighted the establishment of a reconciliation committee tasked with harmonizing members across all states, indicating the party's commitment to building a cohesive party that can draw support from external sources.

While acknowledging the challenges that exist in certain states, the APC National Chairman emphasized that achieving the party's objectives would require collective efforts to build a strong and united party. With the recent victory in Imo State, the party hopes to use it as a stepping stone to expand its influence in the South East region, aiming to gain support in states like Abia, Anambra, and Enugu.

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