A frontline governorship aspirant in the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Araraume, has officially declared his membership of the party to the expanded State Working Committee (SWC) members and leaders of the party.
Also, following an earlier complaint over the insufficiency of party membership cards as a result of the entry of Destiny Organisation members, Senator Araraume donated the sum of N10 million for the printing of more cards for new members and an additional N12.6 million for sundry expenses for preparation for the forthcoming primaries.
Amid celebration, a huge crowd, made up of his political associates, followers and admirers followed Araraume to the party’s secretariat yesterday to interact with the party leadership in Owerri, the Imo state capital, to streamline ways to move the party forward, ahead of the general elections.
Speaking to the huge audience, Senator Araraume informed the SWC members that he would bring his legislative as well as his party experience to bear in strengthening the party to win all the elective positions in the forthcoming general election in the state.
Araraume was the state party chairman of the defunct All Peoples Party, APP about 20 years ago and was in the National Assembly as Senator for eight years.
He said that with his experience, APGA would be positioned to win elections in the state, as well as other South East states in the coming elections, assuring that his formidable party structures, which have been sustained over the years, will be immediately collapsed into the party.
The Isiebu, Isiala Mbano-born politician, however, urged the party to ensure that a level playing ground prevails in the selection of its candidates, pointing out that it would make the party come out stronger to win elections without rancor or acrimony among the aspirants and leaders of the party.
He stated, “I believe that if we conduct the primaries in a free and fair manner, and if I lose, I will throw my support behind the winner to ensure our victory. I believe that by the grace of God and by our collective efforts, APGA will win all the elective positions in the state.”
He also lauded the APGA-led government in Anambra state, explaining that the party had done marvelously well in the state and promised to replicate that in the state, if voted in as the Imo State governor in 2019.