Election 2019: Peter Obi has no influence in southeast - Ngige

Election 2019: Peter Obi has no influence in southeast - Ngige

- Dr Chris Ngige says PDP vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi has no influence in the southeast

- The minister of labour and employment also stated that Obi did not do well as Anambra state governor

- Ngige said he will battle Obi for Anambra votes in the forthcoming general elections

The minister of labour and employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has said that the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, has no influence in the southeast region.

Ngige who spoke to journalists at his Abuja residence on Sunday, February 10, also said that contrary to public perception, Obi did not do well as governor of Anambra state.

He went on to say he would battle Obi for votes even in Anambra Central Senatorial district where the PDP VP candidate may have more popularity.

He also dismissed Obi's claim of leaving over N80 billion in the Anambra state treasury, stressing that he was the first governor to bequeath reserves of funds to the successive governors.

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His words: “I can tell you that those who are shouting that Obi is this and that are the elites who are looking for one thing or the other and people who don’t believe that Muhammadu Buhari has done something good in their lives because he is already building infrastructures for them, they want money.

“They want all the monies that has been trapped by the TSA to be pushed down again on the table for them to start taking. That one is no longer possible. Peter Obi hasn’t been a wonderful governor as people expected him to be because, I am the one to tell you because I know what I handed over to him. He is making noise that he handed money over to Obiano.

“I was the first to leave money. I left N13.8 billion cash in the bank and I am not counting the bank shares we bought and dividends but because of propaganda, they shouted that they left over N80 billion for Obiano and I left a lot of infrastructural work done- federal roads- of which he received close to N15 billion as refunds after my tenure.

“I was the first person to handover schools to the missionaries in Anambra state, I built more than 880km of roads. If you go there today, you will see the roads I built 15 years ago. They are still standing and most of them have no single potholes because I used first class contractors.

“So, for people to say, because he (Atiku) chose Obi this or that will happen; nothing will happen. If anything, Peter Obi has no influence in southeast apart from Anambra. Even in Anambra Central Senatorial district, we are going to battle him in there.

“Presently, I can tell you that in Anambra state, me and Obi will struggle for the votes. We are not going to be pushed down like we were the last time.”

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Meanwhile, some northern elders under the auspices of Kungiyar Dattawan Arewa Initiative (KDAI) have endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term.

The elders, who are mostly members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), also insisted that President Buhari has been fair to all regions of the country contrary to suggestions of nepotism against the president.

Speaking at a press conference on Saturday, February 9, convener of KDAI, Paul Tarfa said they decided to endorse Buhari after “a long and fruitful consultation with our members from all parts of the north.”

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