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Bell reporter

Mr, Osita Okechukwu, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) has commended Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, for appreciating the solid foundation for progressive and prosperous Nigeria, being laid in the midst of poor revenue base, by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Okechukwu said 2019 is Buhari’s time to consolidate the war against corruption, restore peace in Nigeria and lay a level playing field for progress and prosperity.

Governor Umahi, the Chairman of South-East Governor’s Forum (SEGF) had in a meeting with traditional rulers and town union leaders in Abakiliki Government House, announced that he would not vote Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate in 2019, adding that he would vote for a presidential candidate ready to help in developing Ebonyi state irrespective of his or her party affiliation

Reacting in a statement on Wednesday, Okechukwu expressed happiness that Umahi was one of the thousands of Ndigbo who are coming to terms with the silent revolution going on under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

According to Okechukwu, Governor Umahi’s statement has vindicated Imo State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha who predicted that three PDP Governors would join APC.

The VON DG described the support of Ndigbo to Buhari’s second term in 2019 and their surge into APC as a prelude to the actualization of Igbo presidency in 2023.

Asked how the APC will harmonise the different personalities, especially from Ebonyi State who are trooping into the APC, he said:”They are all welcome. We welcome Umahi, we welcome Elechi and their followers. We shall at the appropriate time sit down and coordinate the way forward. I don’t foresee much crisis. My happiness is that the surge of Ndigbo into the APC and by extension the support of the 2nd Term bid of Buhari is a prelude to the actualisation of the president of Igbo extraction in 2023.

“This is why we are appealing to our brothers and sisters who are agitating for Biafra, to realise that a bigger, just and fair Nigeria is unfolding. All we require is patience.”

“Am one of those who is of the candid view that the only way for Ndigbo to harvest from the subsisting zoning and rotation convention of the presidency is to support Buhari in 2019. It is timely as Ndigbo had supported and voted former presidents – Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and by extension Yorubas in 1999 and 2003 and Dr Goodluck Jonathan and by extension the South South in 2011 and 2015. 2019 is Buhari’s time to consolidate the war against corruption, restore peace in Nigeria and lay a level playing field for progress and prosperity” Okechukwu said.

He maintained that Governor Umahi has vindicated the Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha who had earlier predicted that three PDP governors are heading to APC.

“Our common objective is for us to reposition Ndigbo in the mainstream of Nigerian politics and take our eminent position in the presidency” Okechukwu said.

On the question of which more states in the South East is expected to join APC? “Thank God Buhari has all the major political actors in Ebonyi State on his side, next is Anambra, we are going to win this time around. Methinks all the major political forces in Enugu State are with Mr. President, especially with his rapid construction of abandoned federal roads, and other critical infrastructure. The truism is that more states no doubt will follow.”

“This is why we are inspecting ongoing federal projects in the South East. We therefore salute Umahi for his foresight and truthfulness.” Okechukwu said.



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