Owerri - Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo on Tuesday formally expressed support for the All Progressives Congress (APC), urging the people of the state to join him.
Okorocha made the declaration at a rally in Owerri as part of activities marking his two years in office.
He said his intention of joining APC was to ensure that the people continued to benefit from the dividends of democracy.
He explained that APGA had engaged in the merger and not in alliance with any party, noting that a two party system was good for the country's democracy.
The governor told the crowd that came to witness his declaration that the state had witnessed more development in two years than in the past 12 years.
Okorocha also told them that APC would bring the state closer to the "federal eye".
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that moves by the governor to merge APGA with the APC has generated heat among APGA stakeholders.
Seven state governors were present at the rally to show solidarity with the governor.
Speaking at the occasion, Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos commended Okorocha for his bold move, describing APC as the solution to the numerous challenges facing the country.
Gov. Umaru Al-Makura of Nasarawa described the governor as a true democrat who would not relent in delivering the dividends of democracy to his people and urged them to support Okorocha.
On his part, Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti observed that Okorocha had brought some noticeable changes in the state, saying he would through the APC bring more transformation.
Similarly, Gov. Adams Oshiomole of Edo and Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun congratulated Okorocha on his achievements, noting that the rally was to create awareness and sensitise the people on the need to support the merger.