The immediate past interim Deputy National Chairman (South) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Annie Okonkwo, has resigned his membership of the party.
In a statement he signed on Monday, Okonkwo who is also the President of C21 an Igbo socio-political action group, said he resigned his membership because of unfulfilled promises, lack of internal party democracy as well as clannish and sectional disposition of the leadership, adding that APC has no good intensions for the South East.
Okonkwo, who represented Anambra Central in the Senate from 2007 to 2011 on the ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lamented that the APC which articulated lofty ideas has deviated from such democratic values
According to him, “The National Chairman of the party is aware of my involvement in the formation of this party from the onset when all members were given onerous task of setting up a party to epitomise change.”
Continuing, he said, “I committed myself financially, mentally and socially to the party’s democratic project. I believed firmly in the lofty ideal we had jointly and severally set for ourselves.
“The conviviality, genre and comrade spirit I had hoped for amongst the progressives in the formation of this party has taken flight. What I see now is a gathering of non-progressives that do not have the interest of the party at heart hence my decision to quit the party.
“I stepped down my gubernatorial ambition for peace to be in the party but instead of being hailed for this sacrifice, I was hunted and hounded which orchestrated my suspension from duty as Deputy National Chairman (South) on a trumped up petition of anti-party activities.”
Okonkwo defected from the PDP in 2012 to the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) before pitching his tent with APC.