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2019: Igbo Support For Buhari Unshakable, Says Nwosu

President Muhammadu Buhari

One of the strongest contenders for the governorship of Imo State in 2019 under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ugwumba Uche Nwosu, has said that despite the purported endorsement of the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, by a section of Igbo leaders, the support enjoyed by President Muhammad Buhari in the South-east remained unwavering.

He said that the endorsement by the Igbo leaders led by Prof. Ben Nwabueze was a ploy to create the erroneous impression that the Igbo are backing the PDP, stressing that the support for Buhari by the Igbo is still intact.

Nwosu, who spoke on telephone on Saturday said that the endorsement by the selected leaders at the Enugu Summit does not reflect the position of Ndigbo and would definitely not affect the chances of President Muhammadu Buhari in the South-east in the 2019 presidential elections.

The governorship hopeful, who was a former Chief of Staff to Governor Rochas Okorocha, assured Buhari that despite the post primary crisis rocking the party (APC) in the zone, he will still record landslide victory.

He said, “We are not losing sleep over the recent endorsement of Atiku by some Igbo leaders, the action will not change the reality on ground. The Southeast will deliver Buhari in 2019 because it is our best option. We cannot be distracted with the PDP’s Greek gift of Vice President, our focus as a people should be Igbo Presidency in 2023.

“One important question we should be asking ourselves as Ndigbo is what did we benefit from the PDP for the 16 years it was in power to warrant the endorsement of its candidate, as against what we have recorded within the three years that President Buhari is in power”.

“Most of the political decisions of some of our leaders are self serving and not in the overall interest of the Igbo but this time we are committed to pursuing the best political option for the Igbo, which is supporting President Buhari’s second term”.

“The fact that majority of our party members are not happy with the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomole over the manner he handled the party primaries across the zone does not affect our support for President Buhari. In fact it is beyond personal considerations, it is about the interest of Ndigbo and we will deliver President Buhari in 2019. The support for President Buhari is borne out his unequalled integrity and uprightness, which is what the country needs most now”.

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