- The southeast caucus of the ruling APC has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 presidential election
- The decision was taken at a mega rally hosted by the caucus at the Umuahia stadium in Abia state
- They stated that Buhari’s second term would give the zone a faster opportunity to produce a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023
The southeast caucus of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 presidential election.
The decision was taken at a mega rally hosted by the caucus at the Umuahia stadium in Abia state on Tuesday, January 9.
APC southeast chieftains who spoke at the rally stated that Buhari’s second term would give the zone a faster opportunity to produce a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
The rally also witnessed four members of Abia state House of Assembly defected to the party.
They include the immediate past speaker of the House, Rt. Hon. Martins Azubike, who joined from PDP; the minority leader of the House, Chief Solomon Okogbuo, the former minority leader Ikedi Ezekwesiri and Honourable Theophilus Ugboaja, who represents Ikwuano state constituency, who all decamped from the All Progressive Grand Alliance.
Addressing the rally, the zonal vice chairman of the party, Chief Emma Enukwu, declared that the party in the zone has endorsed President Buhari to contest the 2019 election.
According to Enukwu, Buhari’s second term would give the zone a faster opportunity to produce a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
He urged the people of the zone to embrace and support the APC, saying it is a sincere party that would protect their interest.
Also addressing the rally, a former governor of Abia state, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, said that the party would produce a governor for the state in 2019 to change what he called “a government of debt.”
“We want to change the government of debt in the state; we will make Abia better. I will put everything I have to put APC government in the state.
“The state is dead; they cannot pay salary, leave allowances, pension and gratuity. Okezie Ikpeazu is under bondage by the former governor. They should release Okezie Ikpeazu,” Kalu added.
In his address, former Enugu state governor, Sullivan Chime said it is time for the southeast zone to embrace APC as the party of truth.
“Those who joined the APC took a wise decision. For 16 years, we begged for the Enugu-Port Harcourt, the Enugu-Onitsha roads to be rehabilitated.
“As the governor of Enugu state, I was part of the delegation but nothing happened. But today, I got to Umuahia from Enugu under an hour plus and work is also going on Enugu- Onitsha road," he said.
On his part, the governor of Imo state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, commended Abia people for embracing the party.
He opined that it is time for the southeast zone to stop playing what he called clannish politics and play national politics.
The national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, also urged the zone to embrace the party and ensure that APC wins the zone in 2019.
Meanwhile, Ya’u Umar Gojo-Gojo, a former speaker of the Katsina state House of Assembly and the Katsina North senatorial district candidate of the PDP in the 2015 general election, has declared that the opposition party cannot defeat President Buhari in 2019.
Gojo-Gojo, who has now defected to the APC, says the quest by the PDP to reclaim the presidential and Katsina state’s governorship seats are misplaced hope.
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