- The board chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission, Senator Ndoma Egba, said APC will overcome its present crisis
- Speaking on APC chance in the southeast, Egba said Buhari has done commendably well for the region, thus they will vote him in 2019
- He also added that for the Igbo race to realise its 2023 presidency dream, they must vote president Buhari in 2019
The board chairman of Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), Senator Ndoma Egba, has given an assurance that the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Cross River state will become a thing of past with time.
Speaking with Leadership, the former senator, who is also a card-carrying member of APC, said all hands remain on deck as regards the outcome of the court, which he said everybody will abide by.
Egba also expressed his disappointment on the crisis rocking his party, adding that sanity and peace will be restored to APC through effective resolution mechanism.
He said: "I am concerned. As a party person, I believe that we should enter a major election as a united front. But the good news is that both persons claiming to be the candidates of the party will be campaigning for the APC. At the end of the day, whoever the court determines is the candidate will be declared governor if we win the election.
"Let me also add that the party in the state has set in motion a reconciliation machinery. As we speak, the reconciliation committee members are meeting and I am sure they will bring an end to this seeming dispute."
Speaking on the chance of APC in the forthcoming general election in south south region of the state, Egba, though admitted the zone belonged to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said President Muhammadu Buhari has done extremely well for the region to garner its support.
He said:"Yes, it was a traditional PDP area because at a time, we had our son who was contesting the presidency. There was that underlining sentiment that our son was contesting.
"But today, we don’t have that situation and we don’t have anybody who is contesting from that zone. The two major candidates are from the same region and from the same religion. So, that sentiment will not be there. Take the example of Cross River state.
"In 2015, President Buhari got a paltry 28,000 votes and in spite of the low level of support, see what he has done for Cross River. Cross River remains the only state that he has visited twice. The state is well represented in government.
"We have the chief justice of Nigeria even though he is not a politician. You can’t run away from the fact that he became chief justice under President Buhari, but anything could have happened. The head of service of the federation is from Cross River state, the auditor general of the federation is from that state, the minister of the Niger Delta, the chairman, NDDC, the special adviser on prosecution are all from that state in addition to Chairmen of boards, all for a paltry 28,000."
Egba thus called on the people of the Cross River to vote and appreciate the president for his kind gesture towards the state.
The NDDC chairman said: "That means that the president has always shown love to the son who is the governor. This is the time for the governor to reciprocate that love to the president because his election comes first.
"We will see the genuineness of that on the day of the president’s election. It is now pay back time for my governor. The president has always shown you love. Now, you reciprocate that love."
On the chance of the region for 2023 presidency, Egba said the only way the dream can be guaranteed is for the region to vote the president.
He added: "They are hoping to produce a president in 2023 and that opportunity can only come through a President Buhari because by the application of the law, come 2023, Buhari will become illegible to contest because he must end his tenure and that is when the southeast can have their turn.
"Any other person that comes, forget whatever promises they make. The moment they seat on that chair, they must take their constitutional two full terms. So, any other person will delay the chances for the southeast. That is why I think the southeast will go with President Buhari."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the presidential support committee for Buhari/Osibanjo had promised to deliver the entire five states in the southeast for President Muhammadu Buhari, in the 2019 election.
Chamberlain Adiaso, the southeast coordinator of the committee made the promise in Abuja on Wednesday, November 28, at a stakeholders’ meeting.
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