OrderPaperToday – The wife of a former National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Mrs. Marian Ali has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Mrs. Ali was accompanied by the Delta State APC Chairman, Jones Ode Erue; Chief Frank Kokori; Chief Great Ogboru, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and other top APC stalwarts and supporters from Delta State.
She was received by the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun at the Party’s National Secretariat.
Odigie-Oyegun was accompanied at the colourful ceremony by the Party’s National Woman Leader, Hajiya Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu and National Auditor, Chief George Moghalu.
In a statement by the party’s Assistant Director on Publicity, Edegbe Odemwingie on Thursday, Mrs. Ali explained that she joined the APC because she wants “to continue to render service to my people and Nigeria at large.”
She said: “A lot of persons may wonder why I am joining the APC. The answer is simple. I want to continue to render service to my people and Nigeria at large. I believe I will be doing myself a lot of disservice if I don’t fulfil this burning desire in me.
“I know also a lot of people will wonder why I have chosen to opt for a political party different from my husband’s. Again, the answer is not farfetched. My family is a unique family, it is a family devoid of religious and ethnic differences. You are all aware that Dr. Ahmadu Ali is a Muslim and I am passionate Catholic. Also, Dr. Ahmadu Ali is from North Central and I am form the South South.
“Therefore, religion and ethnicity do not play a role in our lives. It therefore suffices to say that my becoming an APC member and him being an active member of the PDP further displays the uniqueness of my family.
“We symbolise a people who want to serve a nation, a nation where oneness, love and peace reign supreme. Today marks the beginning of greater peace, love and oneness amongst all Nigerians. It is a new dawn, one nation, one destiny, one people. It is about an indivisible nation, Nigeria.”
Hailing Mrs. Ali’s move, the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun indicated that her entrant to the Party has added to value and quality to the Party and its leadership both in Delta State and at the national level.
Odigie-Oyegun said: “It is very clear from the spread, the quality of those who are here today that this is indeed a major event. l am glad that this day has come that you are joining APC because of your determination to render service to your people and the nation, which means that you have looked around, you have looked at your environment in the PDP and you have decided consciously after deep thought that the best vehicle available today on which platform you can render that service is the APC and l want to congratulate you.”