Former Enugu state governor, Sullivan Chime has finally left the Peoples Democratic Party and defected to All Progressives Congress, APC.
At a ceremony in Udi local council of the state on Saturday, May 6, 2017, Chime said he was crossing with thousands of his supporters to the ruling party.
National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun received Chime into the APC fold.
On Wednesday, Chime had said his decision to join the APC was to provide direction for upcoming politicians in the State.
Chime had on March 16 this year, announced that he had left the PDP on whose platform he served as governor for eight years. He said the party was “dead and cremated”.
“I have now made my consultations with all ward, local government and state chairmen of the APC and the entire state executive of the party, including the national leadership.
“They have assured us that we can come in and I am excited about the prospect of joining the party.”
Chime described the APC as the only viable party with national outlook in the country.
“This is the only party that can take any politician to their destination and I pray that what happened to the PDP does not happen to APC.”
“I am moving to the APC because a lot of people are looking up to me for direction. I ended my journey in 2015 but I still have my supporters looking for guidance.”
Chime said that he was neither joining the APC to fight anybody nor seeking for any elective position as there was none at the moment.
He said that the APC had come to stay in Enugu State, noting that if things continued the way they were “I can assure you that the APC will win the state in 2019.”
“Change has come to Enugu and it is like a movement.”
He said it was regrettable that his decision to exercise his constitutional right by joining any political party of his choice had elicited spates of violence, sponsored by his detractors in the PDP.
“Since I announced my exit from the PDP, I have been branded a total failure.
“Some people think I am nursing the ambition to go to the senate and the best thing to do is to run me down.”
The former governor said that his supporters at various Local Government Areas in the state had been consistently chastised for their decision to join him to the APC.
He cited an instance where a Local Government chairman in the state invaded and incited violence at a venue where APC chieftains were having a meeting.
“It will be unfortunate if people re-introduce violence in the politics of the state after we worked hard to stem it.
“You cannot stop people from meeting simply because you are a local government chairman and they do not belong to your party,” said Chime