- PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, said the time for south-east presidency is near
- Atiku promised that his party will not fail the south-east region
- The former president made this statement in Enugu during the presidential campaign rally of PDP
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, says the south east geopolitical zone is itching towards the presidency by supporting the party.
Abubakar disclosed this on Friday in Enugu during the presidential campaign tour of the party.
He said that PDP had never disappointed the people of the region, adding that they would realise the ambition by supporting his aspiration.
He said that it would take a long time for the region to have such an opportunity if they failed to support him.
“You are itching towards the presidency now that your son is my running mate. Vote for the PDP because it has never failed you,” Atiku said.
The National Chairman of the party, Mr Uche Secondus, said that the rumour of the party ceding 25 per cent of votes cast in the presidential election to the All Progressives Congress (APC) was not true.
Secondus said that the mammoth crowd that came to welcome Atiku was a clear testimony that the state belonged to PDP.
He called on members of the party to be vigilant during the polls to ensure that votes from the region was not tampered with.
The deputy president of the Senate, Chief Ike Ekweremadu, said that the PDP campaign was an opportunity for the people of the area to rededicate themselves to the party.
“This is daybreak for us and we are committed to the PDP. They gave us everything in the past and this is time to regain them,” he said.
Ekweremadu urged the people to return all PDP candidates.
The Director-General of the PDP Campaign Organisation, Dr Bukola Saraki, said that the state would support Atiku.
Saraki said that there was no more rumour of compromise by the leadership of the party in the state.
“This crowd we are seeing is a sign of commitment. There are no more rumour mongers around because Enugu belongs to Atiku,” Saraki said.
In a speech, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state said that residents of the state had always voted for the party in previous elections and would continue along that line.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that the president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Nnia Nwodo, explained that the decision of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to endorse Atiku/Obi ticket was not based on party but on the collective interest of Ndigbo and their survival in Nigeria.
Nwodo’s special adviser on media, Emeka Attamah, in a statement issued in Enugu on Thursday, January 31, said the president general stated that by the Awka declaration by Ndigbo that restructuring remained the irreducible minimum for their continued stay in the Nigerian project, adding that they had tacitly expressed their choice of any candidate who espoused restructuring.
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