- President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of a robotics and artificial intelligence agency for the south-east
- In light of this, the minister of science and technology has pleaded with the people of the zone to vote for the president in 2019
- The APC national chairman also urged the people of the south-east to vote for the party and Buhari in 2019; stating that the president has delivered democracy dividends to the zone
The minister of science and technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, has disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the establishment of an agency on robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) for the south-east.
Onu revealed this at a grand rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abakaliki, capital of Ebonyi state, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that the rally, which received defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was attended by the national chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole.
Some of the defectors who were received included Senator Sonni Ogbuoji, former minister of power and steel, Chief Goddy Ogbaga, former secretary to the state government, Bernard Odoh and former attorney general and commissioner for justice, Chief Augustine Nwankwegu.
Onu told the rally that in 2015, he pleaded with the south-east not to put its eggs in one basket, but his pleadings fell on deaf ears.
He said: “In 2015 I pleaded with the zone not to put our eggs in one basket. Today, I want them to compare the 16 years of PDP and relate it with just 3 years of APC.
“The three years of APC is greater than the 16 years of the People’s Democratic Party; the second Niger bridge is nearing completion, the Enugu – Port-Harcourt and Enugu – Onitsha highways are in various levels of completion.
“The time has come for the south-east to be in the mainstream of Nigerian politics by voting for President Buhari and APC in 2019.”
APC chairman Adams Oshiomhole said that the current security challenge in the country was devoid of religious or ethnic coloration.
Oshiomhole therefore urged Nigerians not to allow themselves to be deceived by the antics of selfish politicians in the country who are trying to give the security challenges in the country an ethnic coloration to score cheap political points.
According to Oshiomhole, there is a plot to paint the government of President Muhammadu Buhari in a bad light by portraying all the killings in some states in the country as the handiwork of herdsmen.
“Let me urge you to be more careful because in this season, people are spreading untruth. People are being hired to turn the gospel upside down. They want us to believe that every problem should be explained in ethnic and religious terms.
“We have a problem, and we must confront those problems. Criminals must be dealt with individually as criminals. Government at all levels must work hard to protect every Nigerian, regardless of tribe or religion,” he said.
He said Buhari and the security agencies are working hard to put an end to the security challenges facing the country.
Oshiomhole urged the people of the south-east to vote for the APC and President Buhari in the 2019 general election, as he has delivered democracy dividends to the zone.
He said: “If Buhari has remembered the south-east which did not give him more than 10 percent in 2015, imagine what he will do if you give him 85 percent in 2019.″
Former governor of Abịa State, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, said the new River Niger Bridge which the PDP could not construct in 16 years has now reached 53 percent completion.
According to him, the south-east will give the president and the APC majority of its votes in 2019, in appreciation for all the projects and democracy dividends he has given the zone.
The rally earlier scheduled to hold at the Pa Oruta Ngele Stadium Abakaliki, was later moved to a a playground near the Enugu-Abakaliki Expressway following the refusal of the state government to grant the APC permission to use the stadium.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that supporters of President Muhammadu Buhari in the south-east part of Nigeria held a meeting to chart ways for the president's victory in the region, come 2019.
The meeting which took place in Owerri, the Imo state capital, was attended by the governor of the state, Owelle Rochas Okorocha.
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