- The gale of defection in Nigeria's politics in recent times continues to generate reactions
- A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Anthony Chima, says the move is a ploy to derail the chances of the Southeast region to produce a president in 2023
- He called on south-easterners not to be deceived by the defectors and vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the upcoming election
The gale of defection from the APC to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other parties has been described as a strategic plan by enemies of Ndigbo to ensure that the presidency eludes the southeast come 2023.
This was stated by an APC chieftain in Imo state, Prince Anthony Chyma, in a press statement sent to NAIJ.com on Tuesday, July 31, in Abuja.
He said a calculated attempt is being made to thwart the chances of President Muhammudu Buhari from handing over power to a candidate from the southeast come 2023.
His words: “The gale of defection is a strategic plan by enemies of Ndigbo to ensure that the presidency eludes the Southeast come 2023.
I call on all well meaning Ndigbo to lend their support to President Mahammudu Buhari to reciprocate his kind gesture of supporting the Southeast come 2023 for Nigerian president.
“Enough of sectional politics for Ndigbo. Can we ask ourselves why the Southeast people are rather joining APC instead of defecting, those defectors are out to frustrating the plans of an Ndigbo man being president in the next dispensation.
“This is our chance now. We should not be deceived by the antics of anti Southeast politicians who would rather die than see a man from the region become the President of Nigeria.
“Those preaching restructuring are playing on your intelligence. Can they preach it in their regions which definitely does not support such ambiguous claim? I enjoin our great leaders to jettison the call for restructuring which was coined to deceive the people of the Southeast.”
He further stated that the defectors only agenda is to frustrate President Buhari’s plan for a southeast presidency in 2023.
Meanwhile, a member of the APC Board of Trustees, Ismael Ahmed, has said Nigerians now know better and will reject the PDP in the 2019 general elections.
Ahmed stated this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily on Wednesday, July 25, in Abuja.
“What we are interested in is the survival of this platform; Nigerians have rejected PDP over and over again and they will reject it in 2019, God’s willing,” he said.
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