A foremost businessman and key political figure from Owerri zone, Chief Henry Njoku (popularly called Harritex) has dumped the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the All Progressive Congress (APC).
He made the move with hundreds of his supporters, associates and friends across Imo State.
Harritex until now was a major backbone for the PDP in Imo State and Imo North in particular.
Making the declaration at the Government House, Owerri, Chief Njoku said he decided to join the APC after due consultations with his family, friends and associates, and after carefully studying the Governor Hope Uzodimma’s governance mantra of Reconstruction, Rehabilitation and Recovery.
He said his conviction of the personal antecedents of Governor Uzodimma also convinced him that Imo State is in a safe and capable hands.
He eulogized the capacity of Governor Uzodimma to pilot meaningfully the affairs of the State and said he is joining the governor in APC to assist in contributing to the laudable goals and aspirations of the Governor.
He said in joining the APC he will be committed to the ideals, philosophy and ideology of the party under the leadership of Chief Marcon Nlemigbo-led State Executive Council and Governor Hope Uzodimma as the State Leader.
Chief Njoku further assured of his willingness to unite all party men, women and youths from Owerri North and beyond into a one and stronger forum to assist the Governor achieve his set goals.
He, however, added that he is leaving his former party, the PDP with good heart and without grudges, but “with the hope and belief that the members will understand and appreciate the high philosophical and intents of the movement.”
Receiving him and his supporters to the APC fold at the Exco Chambers Government House Owerri, Governor Uzodimma said he is not surprised to have Chief Njoku in his fold, saying he has been his long time friend who played politics with him from one political party to the other and who still believes in him.
The Governor assured him and his supporters that they have made no mistakes in joining the APC, noting that their joining is like a home coming.
He assured them that their joining the APC guarantees them all the rights and privileges of the party and that as time goes on, all of them will be properly integrated and assigned responsibilities that will make them relevant in the party.
Governor Uzodimma reiterated that he has come to serve Imo people and that everyone working with him is obligated to do same. He regretted that if not for greed that brings about quarrels, there is enough for everyone to take home and take care of their needs.
Welcoming the new entrants earlier, the Imo State APC Chairman, Chief Nlemigbo described Chief Njoku as a bridge builder, a peacemaker and leader in Owerri Zone. He thanked him for joining the APC movement to support Uzodimma, the only Governor South East and South/South of Nigeria.
Other APC leaders from Owerri zone also spoke glowingly about Chief Njoku.
One time governorship candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) in Imo State, Chief Martin Agbaso said they accompanied Chief Njoku because of “the absolute trust” they have in the Governor to do a lot for the State.
Prince Lemmy Akakem said that he is happy to be part of the success story of Chief Njoku’s decision to join APC, describing him as a worthy son of Owerri and Imo State in general.
In the same vein, Chief Charles Amadi who is also of Owerri North extraction and ardent believer in Governor Uzodimma described the day as very special in the political live of Owerri people, saying “APC as a party has finally conquered Owerri Zone with the entrance of Harritex.”
The Deputy Governor of Imo State, Prof. Placid Njoku was not left out when he said Chief Njoku “is a heavy weight in the politics of Owerri North and Imo State in general” and commended the leaders who played one role or the other in convincing him to finally join APC for their efforts.