In an effort to ensure the realization of his political ambition of representing the good people of Ehime Mbano State Constituency in Imo House of Assembly in the forthcoming political dispensation, Hon. Dom Ekeigwe has joined Social Democratic Party (SDP) with over 5,000 members of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
The historic declaration event which was held last weekend at the open field of Aba Branch in Ehime Mbano Council Area of Imo State saw members of APGA in the area destroying their membership cards and accepting SDP membership cards even as they caste aspersions on the leadership of the party.
Chief Alexander Njoku who led the decampees as a former chieftain of APGA told the crowd that they are dumping APGA as a result of injustice the party leadership and her governorship candidate melted to Ekeigwe who he said had a landside victory during the party state assembly primary and due to alleged insensitivity, impunity and selfishness of the aforementioned party leaders, the ticket was denied from him and given to an unpopular aspirant that came third even when for weeks the party candidate has finished documentations with relevant offices.
According to Njoku “can you imagine, they were four aspirants for Ehime Mbano State Constituency, out of 69 delegates that voted, Ekeigwe got 39 votes, the second Mr. Maheibe Douglas garnered 12 votes,the third Mr. Ikechukwu Ohaegbu got only 10 votes while the fourth MR. C.Y. Emedom got 8 votes.
This was transparently conducted and there was no petition after the primary by any of the aspirants as they all congratulated Ekeigwe for emerging victorious. Ekeigwe name was subsequently submitted to INEC by the party and with all necessary documentations done by him and submitted accordingly. Unfortunately, two weeks after, he was baffled to hear that his name has been substituted with somebody that came third and unpopular candidate, without any courtesy of at least informing him. He taught it was a joke .
Despite all entreaties for the injustice to be re-visited, the party leaders and her governorship candidate remain arrogantly adamant. Thus our resolved in Ehime Mbano to dump APGA and in protest join Ekeigwe in any party that offers him ticket to actualize his ambition. We are against injustice, impunity and undemocratic practices. What happened today is a signal that APGA structure in Ehime Mbano has collapsed to SDP and we must deliver our candidate and demonstrate to the so called political leaders that truly power belongs to the people”.
Responding, Chief Solomon Keke, the SDP Chairman in Ehime Mbano said, it is an honour and privilege for the party to have somebody like Hon. Dom Ekeigwe as her candidate for the State Assembly.
Keke with members of his executive and other stakeholders of the party happily welcome the decampees and their principal. He assured them of an equal treatment noting SDP as a party that respects social justice and equity.
The Chairman decorated Ekeigwe with the party’s muffler and flag and re-assured him of the party’s resolve to deliver him during the general election.
In his speech Ekeigwe while accepting the party ticket lamented over the betrayal he suffered in the hands APGA leadership and her gubernatorial candidate noting that God will judge everyone at the appointed time.
According to him “It is really unfortunate that because of money, people in the name of politics can betray their conscience and act as if they are God. My good people of Ehime Mbano, I am waiting for ban on campaign to be lifted because I am hot and am ready for the election. Today is for celebration and happiness. I am a fighter. I will emancipate you people from the bondage and enslavement of selfish political leaders. There is hope on the way. I feel your pains. I am a victim. Keep your PVC. You don’t know the worth of your PVC. If you cannot stand the heat you better not near the kitchen” he advised.
Ekeigwe an American trained democrat and administrator was also accompanied to the event by members of his campaign organization christened -Apostles of Change even as he expressed gratitude to SDP for given him succor and also believing in him.
In his speech, Chief Anthony Ikekwe, the Director General of Apostles of Change said they are in SDP because of their principal whom he described as a man of impeccable integrity with a divinely driven passion of serving Ehime Mbano people.
Ikekwe lampooned APGA leadership in the Imo State for allegedly murdering sleep through impunity, imposition and betrayal of justice noting that the campaign organization is deeply rooted in all the eleven wards of the council area and with passionate followership willing to deliver their principal.
While Chief Magnus Orjiakor, a political icon in the area said that time has gone, when people vote for political party instead of personality noting that political parties in Nigeria have no respect for their manifestations.
Orjiakor revealed that the next political dispensation will be driven by personality antecedents rather that the political party the person belong.
Meanwhile, Chief Tony Anyanwu (AKA Tony Ocha) and Mr. Adolphus Ezeji described the candidate as a man of the people who if given the mandate will ensure robust, effective and qualitative representations of the council area.
They enjoined the populace to vote for him due to his track records of achievements in terms youth and women of empowerment and patriotism in matters affecting the state constituency.
Photo Standing right: Mr. Ikekwe handing over Ekeigwe(Middle) to Mr. Keke(SDP Chairman),