Imo Has Noting To Show for Being an APC state – Ihedioha
The Gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Imo State and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Emeka Ihedioha, has said President Muhammadu Buhari does not deserve the votes of the people of the southeast because he has not done much for the geopolitical zone.
Fielding question from journalists in Owerri, Imo State capital on Wednesday, 13th February, 2019, the Spokesperson of the Ihedioha Campaign Organization, Barrister Kissinger Ikeokwu, stated this ahead of the forthcoming general elections slated for February 16th. He said no reasonable Igbo man judging from a rational perspective should vote President Buhari
He wondered why nobody from the South-East was been found worthy to occupy any office as head in the nation’s Security Council. He emphasized that not even in the Army, Navy, Airforce, Civil Defence, NDLEA, NIA, DSS, FRSC, Customs or Immigration did the President find a single Igbo man to head any and wondered if President Buhari is not a hater of the Igbo man.
Speaking further, Hon. Ihedioha recalled that the President defended his lopsided appointments, in his Presidential Rally in Ebonyi State, when he stated that his appointments to the nation’s service chiefs and heads of other security agencies were based on merit. He described the statement as an insult to Ndi Igbo as it suggests that no person from the South-East is qualified to head any of such offices.
The former Deputy Speaker of the Federal House of Assembly said President Buhari has destroyed the unity and cohesion of this country built and strengthened by his predecessors.
“Coming down to Imo, irrespective of the fact that Imo was the only APC state in southeast, the state has nothing to show for the four years of the Buhari administration, despite having the Governor as the Chairman APC Governor’s Forum. “Buhari has not given us special attention to show Imo state is central to him.” “First he gave Imo an inferior ministerial position. Imo got virtually noting. Buhari never visited Imo state until he came to beg for votes in southeast. This is not about party. No responsible Igbo man should vote for Buhari because he has never hidden his hatred for Igbo race”
Speaking further he said “Even in his railway policy, the President planned to build a railway line from Kano to Daura and up to Maradi in Niger Republic. This conceptualized project has no economic value and was to be funded with our common wealth. Such concept is unfair to the people of the southeast whose established art in trade and commerce contributes largely to the economy of this nation”
“Ihedioha recalled that Atiku Abubakar has promised to restructure the country.” Ihedioha said any Igbo man who is not angry at the situation of the country today must have his head re-examined.” According to him, “Giving amnesty to members of the Boko Haram is the height of insensitivity and audacious insult to the collective memory of thousands of Nigerians who were callously killed by members of the Boko Haram sect.” He described the granting amnesty to Boko Haram militants and crushing IPOB demonstrators as an act of double standard.
He said life has become hard for the average Nigerian due to the Buhari administrations’ poor management of the nations’ economy. Hon. Ihedioha urged Imo people to come out enmasse and vote the PDP Presidential flag bearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, The Waziri Adamawa and all the PDP National Assembly candidates for a better Nigeria.