29 September 2017
By Ugonnabo Ngwu
A former President of the Senate, Chief Ken Nnamani, who once represented Enugu East, declared on Thursday that the people of the South-East have no moral standing to complain of marginalization since they do not belong to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
He spoke during a reconciliation meeting to pacify the aggrieved aspirants in the recently conducted Anambra governorship primary, where the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun said the perceived marginalization against the South-East under the Buhari government cannot end until states in the region join the party.
The APC chairman said, “It is important that we do everything we can, fair and square to bring Anambra State into the fold of the Progressives for a lot of reasons. Until we manage to bring few states into the main stream of progressives politics, we may not see the end of this continued cry of marginalization.”
Corroborating this position, Nnamani said, “I totally agree with him (Oyegun) especially on the issue of marginalization that you do not stay under the rain when it is pouring heavily and start crying because nobody will observe.
“Unless you go into the ruling party and make meaningful contributions, you will then have a moral standing to ask ‘why don’t we have this or that?”.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had in a July 2015 interview expressed similar sentiments, telling his interviewer; “I hope you have a copy of the election results. The constituents, for example that gave me 97 per cent [of the vote] cannot in all honesty be treated on some issues with constituencies that gave me 5 per cent.”