- George Moghalu said the southeast should have voted for President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election
- Moghalu who is the national auditor of the APC said the southeast should have voted for President Buhari to actualise its 2023 presidency ambition on APC platform
- The APC chieftain, however, said the APC leaders from the southeast will continue to work harder to get “our people to understand”
Chief George Moghalu, the national auditor of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has spoken on the reasons why the southeast did not vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
Moghalu in an interview with The Nation said the southeast did not understand the political implication of not voting for President Buhari.
According to him, the southeast should have voted President Buhari as to get the APC platform to actualise the Igbo 2023 presidency ambition.
Moghalu added that the president has done a lot for the southeast to vote for him.
His words: “The truth about it is that we did not achieve our desired expectations. I would have wished that we did a lot better than we did in this election, although anybody on the sideline would say it is an improvement on the poor outing in 2015.
“Certainly, we should have done better than we did because the government has been quite responsive to the southeast. The president has shown great love and has done so many great and strategic things for us in the southeast that should warrant our doing better than we did. But, politics is all about what it is and you can never predict.
“I feel personally disappointed and I am sure that some other leaders also feel disappointed. I really cannot access whether it is because our people have not actually understood the political implication because we are trying to seize a platform that we can use to actualise our ambition vis a viz 2023. So, I thought that this election was an opportunity for us to take over the platform and move in aggressively and take over the platform."
Moghalu, however, observed that the southeast probably decided to vote for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against President Buhari because the lead opposition party gave the zone its vice presidential candidate ticket.
“But probably it was because one of us was given the vice presidential ticket of the other party or whatever. I really can’t explain what went wrong. But, I think it was not a good political move for us. But I believe very strongly that with time, it will continue to improve. We, as leaders of the party from the southeast have an added responsibility to work harder to get our people to understand,” the APC chieftain said.
In a related development, the former minister of transportation Chibuike Amaechi, said Igbos have nothing to use as bargain for a shot at the presidency in the next general elections in 2023.
According to Amaechi, it was a grave error for the southeast region to have voted against his party, the ruling APC.
He said: "I was the first to do that but I don’t know what the situation is now. I don’t know what they will do now for voting against the APC. For refusing to support the APC, they cannot come to the table to demand the presidency slot."
Amaechi said had the Igbos voted for Buhari, they would have been in a very good position to make demands on taking over the presidency in 2023.
"For people like us in the APC, if the Igbo had come and voted Buhari, they would boldly tell Mr President and the national chairman of the party that presidency should go the southeast since the south-south; southwest and northwest have produced president," Amaechi added.
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