- Eze Madumere submitted his gubernatorial nomination form to the APC
- The impeached deputy Imo state governor expressed confidence in his ability to develop the state
- He called the attention of the people to the impeachment plot against him
The controversially removed deputy governor of Imo state, Eze Madumere, in what may be considered an action in defiance of Governor Rochas Okorocha submitted his nomination form to the All Progressives Congress.
Premium Times reports that Madumere submitted his expression of interest and nomination forms at the APC national secretariat, Abuja, on Thursday, September 13, as he vies for the governorship seat of the state.
In a statement by his spokesperson, Uche Onwuchekwa, Madumere said it was time to change the narrative of the state. He expressed confidence that with his experience, he can change the fortune of Imo.
Madumere was said to have arrived the secretariat at 11:30 a.m. and was received by the director, organising, APC, Abubakar Kari.
Speaking to the journalists, he said he was at the APC national secretariat to submit his expression of interest and nomination form to contest Imo governorship election on the ground that he wants to provide good governance and true leadership to the people of Imo state.
He asked the people not to judge him based on the oppressive treatment being meted out to him including the impeachment plots against him but rather, on his wealth of experience, competence and leadership style.
According to him, he has the administrative astuteness to turn the political and socio-economic fortune of the state around. He called on the people of Imo to support him, assuring them of a leadership that will make them find fulfillment and restore their dignity.
He said the time to change the narrative in Imo state for the better is now.
“I believe with my cognate experience in corporate world, public sector and equipped with needed competence, I will turn around the political and socio-economic fortune of my people. I have already laid down the foundation on the things we shall set out to achieve, captured in my seven point agenda, which will be unveiled in few days.
“I am not in the governorship race because I have been treated unjustly by anyone. No. Not at all! Do not pity me for the onslaught here and there, including impeachment plots for standing for justice, equity, fair play and good governance. Please do not feel for me over unwarranted humiliations for standing with the people and saying no to oppressive policies.
“As an astute administrator and experienced noble politician, I believe that with vast human and natural resources in the state, we do not have any business being at the lowest layer in the comity of states. We shall not only make eloquent promises; we shall make promises that we can keep. I say so because I have integrity; and leadership without integrity is fraud.
“So, I will be entering into a social contract with my people. I shall be appealing to the members of our great party, first to give me a chance; and then to the entire good people of Imo to join me in the journey of grace, where we shall all find fulfilment and our dignity restored," he said.
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Meanwhile, Honourable Tony Nwulu, a member of the House of Representatives and governorship candidate of the UPP, on Tuesday, September 11, picked up his nomination form in the party headquarters in Abuja.
Nwulu, 39, is the sponsor of the Not Too Young To Run bill in the green chambers that was subsequently passed by President Muhammadu Buhari, opening up the political space for young politicians in the 2019 elections and beyond.
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