Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC is not a sanctuary for people running away from the law.
The APC National chairman, Mr. John Oyegun stated this at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, when two former members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Senator Florence Ita-Giwa and Senator John Enoh, were received into their fold.
The APC National Chairman said this to correct the perception some members of the public have, that people avoiding anti-graft agencies are joining the governing party to get protection.
Mr. Oyegun said that APC was for people who were willing to work.
“Your coming is genuine, our welcoming you is genuine because the task to be done in enormous, because the change we stand for is not something that can be accomplished and completed in the life of the present four years that our president has. The task is challenging and worth fighting for. The party is glad that people of your quality, despite the challenges, are willing to come and work and serve.This not a food is ready kind of party,” Oyegun said.
He also expressed his delight that the presence of the two senators, who are from Cross River State, in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria, would give the party some good footing in the Niger Delta region.
On her part, Senator Florence Ita-Giwa described her move to the party as a homecoming.
She also explained her reasons for leaving the PDP to join the APC.
“I left one party and joined the PDP to work and I worked successfully for four years with Obasanjo and for two years with Yar Adua but unfortunately, the party gradually started derailing; the party lost control, impunity reigned. A party that struggled to sustain democracy now had dictatorial tendencies and that was totally unacceptable to me.
I will keep using every opportunity I have to correct the erroneous impression that I ‘defected’ because there is no party to defect from. I personally stopped attending their meetings two years ago and before the last general election. I went to the past president and told him that I was no longer interested in the party because of impunity,” Ita-Giwa said.
Senator John Enoh expressed his joy at joining the APC and promised to build the party in his state.
“We will need to grow the party in our state and the only way to grow a party in the state is by events, what you organize and what brings people together,” he said.