Declaration: Igbo for 2023 presidency, says South-East APC

The APC in the South-East on Monday described Buhari’s declaration of an intention to seek a second term in office as the beginning of the actualisation of an Igbo President in 2023.

APC National Vice Chairman, South-East, Chief Emma Eneukwu, and the zonal Publicity Secretary, Mr. Hyacinth Ngwu, in a statement in Enugu, noted that Buhari’s re-election would guarantee the emergence of a President of Igbo extraction in 2023.

The jointly signed statement said Buhari’s decision to seek another four years in office was taken in the best interest of Ndigbo.

The statement described the declaration as a “kind gesture” to the Igbo.

The statement read in part, “The All Progressives Congress, South-East Zone, heartily welcomes the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to seek a constitutional second term in office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“This decision was in all respects made for the best interest of the people of South-East Nigeria and we happily thank God and President Buhari for this kind gesture.

“We believe that the actualisation of the Igbo Presidency in 2023 has just begun with this declaration.”

Describing Buhari’s re-election as a “golden opportunity,” the South-East APC urged Igbos to vote for Buhari in 2019.

“We urge the good people of South-East (Ndigbo) to avail themselves of this golden opportunity of playing into the Nigerian political mainstream by voting massively for and ensuring the re-election of President Buhari in 2019. We must not let go this opportunity.

“We equally urge Ndigbo to be conscious in electing quality members into the National Assembly under the platform of All Progressives Congress in order to benefit maximally from the APC’s zoning arrangement at that level.

“The era of negative and self-cantered propaganda should be over. This time demands that our best brains should be employed to our overall advantage,” the statement added.

The South-East APC further pointed out that ‘mistakes’ made by the Igbo in 2015, when they massively voted for the PDP candidate, the incumbent, former President Goodluck Jonathan, limited their chances in Buhari’s administration.

The statement urged Ndigbo to learn from the experience.

“We believe the Igbo know the consequences of being in opposition to the Federal Government in Nigeria, and doubtless to say this knowledge informed our people’s deliberate action in 2015.

“This certainly is the right time for us to redress and make the right move and be bold enough to always demand and ask for more,” the statement added.
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