Ikedi Ohakim, a former governor of Imo State, has defected to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ohakim formally joined the APC at a special welcoming event held at Okohia, his hometown, in Isiala Mbano LGA of Imo on Tuesday.
The former governor, who was in power from 2007 to 2011, was elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He had in February 2021 debunked reports that he was about to join the APC, saying that even though the current atmosphere had necessitated people joining the ruling party, he would not move without informing the members of his political family.
But speaking at the welcoming ceremony on Tuesday, Ohakim explained that his decision to join the APC is in response to the appeal of his supporters, adding that he had joined the party at the ward level “many months ago”.
He said: “Given my commitment to the best decisions that would be most beneficial to the people and desirous of the need to quickly join hands with my friend, Uzodimma, and other leaders of the party in Imo, south-east and Nigeria to build a formidable political party headed by individuals that share the same values and ideals with me, I, Ikedi Ohakim, and my supporters and associates decided to join the APC.
“This decision is in response to the pleadings of my admirers and the touching request by the leadership of APC in Imo. What I am doing today, therefore, is to publicly endorse an action I took at my ward level many months ago.
The former governor added that Hope Uzodinma, the incumbent governor of the state, is working hard to revamp the state and create an enabling environment to allow the residents to thrive.
“I find in governor Uzodimma a man, who is determined to set enviable records that would change the lives and fortunes of the people and the state at the end of the day,” he said.