2019 presidency: How APC govt pushed Igbo into supporting Atiku, Obi – Prof Nwosu

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A former Minister of Health, Prof. A.B.C. Nwosu has explained that the South-East was supporting the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, because the region was unhappy with the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government.


Nwosu said the South-East was unhappy with the ruling party because it has been completely excluded from the security structure of the country, hence the need to rally round Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi.

Speaking with Vanguard, the former minister said, “It is Atiku’s prerogative to choose a running mate and he did so. I think that the declaration of Igbo leaders at Nike Lake Hotel on Wednesday 14th November 2018 is clear evidence that Ndigbo appreciates Atiku Abubakar and the PDP for assuaging the feelings of the people of the South East.

“The message from that one-day summit was loud and very clear. The simple truth nationally and internationally is that the choice of Mr. Peter Obi has been well received and generally Ndigbo are very unhappy at the way the APC government has completely excluded them especially in the security agencies in the past four years.

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“Even Igbo ministers know this. So, the endorsement of Atiku/Obi by Ndigbo should come as no surprise to nobody especially given the 97 – 5 percent policy of this administration.”

On why the selection of Obi was widely received, Nwosu said, “He is young, he is knowledgeable, he is competent and he is humble. His achievements as two-term governor of Anambra State speak volumes of his competence and point to him as a round peg in a round hole for a country that is seeking to come out of recession; for a country that is seeking massive creation of jobs; for a government that badly needs prudence in government expenditure; for a government that wants to fight corruption effectively by plugging the expenditure leakages, etc.

“Peter Obi’s knowledge of the economy, business both big and small and management of public funds will serve this country well.”