Why Nigerian elites are against Buhari - Ngige opens up

Why Nigerian elites are against Buhari - Ngige opens up

- Chris Ngige has said some influential elites are against the re-election of President Buhari because they were denied access to the national treasury

- The minister of labour and employment laughed off the political influence of PDP's vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, in the southeast region

- According to the minister, what happened in the region in 2015 when President Buhari was poorly voted for would not repeat itself

Following the wide declaration of support for the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, by some groups, Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, has opened up as to why influential elites are against the re-election of President Buhari.

Speaking in Abuja, Ngige alleged that some influential Nigerians bent on the president's downfall are doing so because they are not getting money as they used to during the 16-year reign of PDP, The Punch reports.

Legit.ng gathers that the minister, who laughed off the political values of PDP's vice presidential candidate, Peter Obi, also disclosed that Obi's selection will have no influence in the southeast election as people in the region are in full support of the president.

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He said: "They want the money that has been trapped by the Treasury Single Account to be pushed down again on the table for them to start taking. That one is no longer possible.

"Peter Obi was my successor in Anambra state. I can tell you that those who are shouting that Obi is this and that are the elite, 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 they want money."

Speaking on the selection of Peter Obi, Ngige, who was also a former governor of Anambra state, refuted the claim that the region automatically belonged to PDP, adding that what happened in 2015 when President Buhari was poorly voted for would not repeat itself.

The minister attributed the outcome of the 2015 presidential election in the south-south and southeast to malfunctioning card readers, adding that such incident would not repeat itself.

Ngige said the card reader hadn’t become functional as it was just new and could be tampered with and at the end of the day most votes were allocated. According to him, Buhari was allocated 18,000 votes in the entire Anambra state.

He said: “Yes the PDP has a vice presidential candidate from my zone (southeast) and I can tell you that it won’t be easy for them. Winning of election is all about calculation and strategic positioning and measured steps towards a direction.

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Even if they want to allocate, they can’t do it now because they are not in charge of police and army like that time. They took police, army, navy everything and armoured tank and drove us away, in fact they put a price on my head.

“This time, it won’t happen; people will go and cast votes and whatever is cast is what we will announce. We are not interested in rigging or chasing people about with armoured tank.”

Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a coalition of aggrieved support groups numbering over 145 had dumped Atiku Abubakar and declared their support for President Muhammadu Buhari saying the latter had done well for the country and deserved a second term.

Bello Osaretin, who was the leader of the coalition, said the PDP would not return to power.

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