Ex-army chief, Ihejirika joins APC

A former Chief of Army Staff, Lt-Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika has joined the All Progressives Congress (APC).

The Chairman of APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni, disclosed this in a statement issued by his Director of Press and Media, Mamman Mohammed, on Friday in Abuja.

According to the statement, the ex-army chief was formally received into APC by Buni at a meeting in Abuja.

The meeting was attended by the Jigawa State Governor, Badaru Abubakar and a chieftain of the party, Farouq Aliyu.

The statement read: “Gen. Ihejirika was formally presented to the chairman by Jigawa governor and Chairman APC Strategy and Contact Committee, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru, and Farouk Aliyu.”

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The APC chairman said Ihejirika’s decision to join the APC would improve the party’s fortunes in Abia and the South-East as a whole.

He said: “This is a great moment for the party as Gen. Ihejirika and other sons and daughters of the region are coming into the party to deliver the region and bring the South-East closer to the centre.”

Buni, who is also the Governor of Yobe State, expressed optimism that more politicians from the South-East would join the APC in the future.

Ihejirika was the Chief of Army Staff during ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.

He was the army chief from September 2010 to January 2014.

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Ihejirika is the third high-profile individual to join the APC in the last four weeks following the switch of former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel and ex-Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, to the ruling party.

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