- The minister of labour, Chris Ngige, has declared that nobody would stop President Buhari's re-election in 2019
- Buhari had on Monday, April 9, declared intention to run for second term in office next year
- Ngige said that Buhari's re-election would facilitate Igbo presidency in 2023
The minister of labour, Chris Ngige, on Thursday, April 26, in Enugu declared that President Muhammadu Buhari would win the 2019 presidential elections.
Independent reports that Ngige made the declaration at a southeast zonal meeting of APC.
NAIJ.com gathered that Ngige noted that if President Buhari wins a second tenure in 2019, it follows consequentially that by 2023, the southeast would be the only zone that has not tasted the power.
The minister said the Buhari he knows, being somebody who is equitable, is not the type that will not grant the desire of the southeast to produce a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction.
Ngige recalled that in 2014, he looked at the permutations on ground and the fact that in every election from 2003 to 2011, Buhari secured 12 million votes in the north and with the major opposition parties and concluded that he would win the 2015 elections and it eventually came to pass.
“Today again, Buhari will win this election. Some people are saying that the northerners are hungry and that they will not vote for him. It is not true. I am a minister of labour.
“If you go to Abuja, you do not see labourers from the north any longer. They have all gone home to farm because of the massive funds invested in rice farming by the federal government.
“These things are empirical. This man will win again. It is left for us in the southeast to stand with him. So, consequentially, in 2023, other Nigerians will say, let us give it to them” he said.
On the clamour for restructuring of the country, Ngige said it will not work.
“Restructuring will not work. In the National Assembly, we are in the minority. I am 68 years old. I cannot deceive myself. It is for me to advise my children to be good Nigerians,” he said.
Ngige revealed that the federal government has five projects including Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Second Niger Bridge, Mambilla Power and Abuja-Kaduna road, for which a billion dollars has been sourced.
He urged southeast APC to go to the forthcoming congresses with brotherliness, come out strong and bring glory to their people in Igboland.
Also speaking, the minister of science and technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, urged Ndigbo to demonstrate their love for President Muhammadu Buhari by voting massively for him in 2019.
Onu said the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said so much in the southeast while they were in power and did very little, but APC said very little and has been doing a lot.
He noted that work has been going on at Enugu/Port-Harcourt, Enugu/Onitsha expressways while the Federal Medical Centre Umuahia has been upgraded to handle exams and cases, hitherto taken abroad.
Onu said the minister of state for aviation, Hadi Sirika, has also been looking into all the challenges at Akanu Ibiam International Airport including extending the runway to bring it to standard of international airport.
“Work has been going on in the Second Niger Bridge. The current bridge is about 2km. The second bridge is about 7.9km. The current federal budget is crucial to the economy of the South-East.
“We should go out and talk to our people and tell them there is need to support APC because under this party, we will have Igbo president. This will be realized easier through APC. It will serve the need for justice. President Buhari believes in justice.
“If southeast supports President Buhari, it will return southeast to mainstream politics and anything that is shared, we will get our own. Let us go and talk to our people. 2019 should be different from 2015 in the southeast.”
Meanwhile in a communiqué released after the meeting, southeast APC commended APC governors for unanimously adopting President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office.
In the communiqué signed by the national vice chairman, southeast, Emma Eneukwu and zonal publicity secretary, Hyacinth Ngwu, APC southeast urged the southeast governors and all the good people of the zone to support President Muhammadu Buhari to pave way for Igbo presidency in 2023
The party commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the massive infrastructure development going on in the southeast.
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The party commended members in the National Working Committee and state chairmen and passed a vote of confidence on them.
Notable among other party stalwarts at the meeting were Martin Elechi, Jim Nwobodo, Ifeanyi Ararume, Eze Madumere, Imo state deputy Governor, Senators-Andy Uba, Sunny Ogbuoji and Ben Uwajumogu- Osita Okechukwu, Osita Izunaso and George Muoghalu.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, April 9, in Abuja declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019. Malam Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and Publicity confirmed this development in a statement in Abuja on Monday.
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