Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state has said that the Igbos will give their utmost support to President Buhari in his eight years in office. Okorocha said this when he received APC leaders from the South East at the Imo International Convention Centre (IICC) on Saturday, January 28th.
According to him, the defection of former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, to APC recently, is a welcomed development as he has become the leader of APC in the South East.
He added that APC will guarantee an Igbo Presidency.
“Now that Igbo leaders are together in APC, Nigerians will hear us. There is a vaccum of leadership in the South-East APC. I am a Governor. My brothers Chris Ngige and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu are ministers. Hence the importance of Ken Nnamani coming at this time. I declined leadership of Ndi-Igbo in APC.
“With Ken Nnamani, the question of who is the leader of APC in the Southeast has been answered. Ken Nnamani is the leader of APC in the South-East. Senator Nnamani should then work with other leaders like Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Jim Nwobodo and a host of others to give Ndi-Igbo Political direction. Those who have joined the Party or who want to join should do so to build the Party and not to cause confusion.
“APC is the right Party for the Igbo and the only Party that can guarantee Igbo Presidency. We are going to support President Muhammadu Buhari for the eight years he is going to lead the nation.
“This is the time for Ndi-Igbo to come and work together. We are also going to use the Anambra election to show that APC has arrived Southeast. The Igbo played bad politics in 2015. Today we have lost a lot. We are not anywhere because of our bad politics.”
Members of the House of Representatives from the North-West geopolitical zone, had on Wednesday declared their intention to support President Muhammadu Buhari should he decide to seek re-election in 2019.
The caucus also passed a vote of confidence in the administration of President Buhari as well as the leadership of the House of Representatives led by Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
Leader of the North-West caucus and chief whip of the House, Rep. Alhassan Ado Doguwa in an interview with journalists after a meeting of the group in Abuja said: “2019 will come and we will engage all stakeholders and Nigerians cannot afford to miss or lose President Buhari in 2019”
He said that the decision of the caucus to pass a vote of confidence on the president was borne out of his sterling achievements especially in the area of security disclosing they had resolved to support him individually and collectively.
“I want to believe that the security situation in the North West has improved seriously and Nigerians are commending the president and we just have to commend him, support him and identify with him.
“We have also individually and collectively passed a vote of confidence in the leadership of President Buhari’s government and also the leadership of the House of Representatives ably led by Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara.
“We are speaking on behalf of the North West people. I think as far as we are concerned; it does not matter what the people say; we want to say openly that Mr President has done a lot in the area of security.
“In spite of the challenges, our people in the zone can sleep with their eyes closed and Nigerians are commending him. We have to commend him and we must support him,” he said.