- Chief Victor Oye said Igboa made a mistake not voting for President Buhari in the election
- The APGA chairman said Igbos should have given Buhari 40 per cent
- Oye said the voting pattern was having an effect on Igbos in Lagos
Chief Victor Oye who is the national chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) has said that Igbos have totally lost out the in the political scheme by not voting for President Muhammadu Buhari in the election.
The Ohaneze Ndigbo had endorsed Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party for president.
In an interview with The Punch, the APGA chairman said he was one of those who spoke that President Buhari be given 40 per cent of the vote for balance.
He said this has had effect on the people particularly thoe living in Lagos.
Oye said: “The last election was a tragedy for our people. I was among those who spoke against putting all our eggs in one basket. My idea was that if we could give President (Muhammadu) Buhari about 40 per cent, then, the balance could go to anyone who we so much loved. But today, we have lost out. It was that mistake that we made on February 23. That is having serious impact on our people in Lagos. The people there voted for a party they saw as theirs and didn’t want Ndigbo to do otherwise. When you go to Rome, behave like Romans.”
On the speculation that the party was working to replace Governor Willie Obiano with Charles Soludo in Anamabra, the APGA chairman described it as a rumour.
He said: “As the national chairman of the party, there is no way the governor will have such a plan and he will not let me know. I can’t answer that question for now, but I know Governor Obiano is a man that strategises ahead of time. As far as I am concerned, it is still a rumour because no official statement has been issued. It is within the realm of speculation. It is still a rumour because you can’t say it with any tone of finality. I was discussing with the governor the other day; I told him that his shoes would be too big for anyone who would take over from him. He said that in the fullness of time, God would bring a man whose feet would be the size of the shoes.”
Meanwhile, the youth wing of the Ohanez Ndigbo has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to appoint the next Secretary to the Government of the Federation from the South-East.
According to The Punch, this demand was made by Okechukwu Isiguzoro, who is the president-general of the group on Friday. April 5.
The group said there has been perceived marginalisation of the Igbo and that appointing the next SGF from the region will help rewrite the mistakes.
He said: “The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council demands from Presidency the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation as the rightful means of re-writing the past mistakes of perceived marginalisation of the Igbo in the first tenure of the Buhari presidency.
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