Spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-East, Mr. Osita Okechukwu has urged the people of the zone to be wise in their political alignments ahead of the 2015 elections, stressing that the party is the fastest vehicle for a president of Igbo extraction.
Okechukwu, who spoke during the party’s campaign rally at Eke in Udi Local Government Area of Enugu State, submitted that under the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), it was impossible for Ndigbo to produce president or vice president in 2015, pointing out that “President Goodluck Jonathan is our brother.”
He further argued that in 2019, it would be wishful thinking to expect that PDP will nominate an Igbo since the rotation convention was predicated on North versus South. He said a careful analysis showed that APC presents Ndigbo the fastest vehicle to become president or vice president in 2015 or 2019.
Mr. Okechukwu said: “Ndigbo have to think out of the box, vote for APC in local government council elections coming before 2015 and especially vote for Senator Chris Ngige as governor of Anambra State.
“This paradigm shift in voting will strengthen Ndigbo’s position to bargain in APC.”
On allegation that the Yoruba will frustrate the agitation, Okechukwu countered: “The Yoruba are not unreasonable, they will concede, for they had produced president for eight years since the return of democracy in 1999. Their argument has been that Ndigbo voters are stuck in PDP. If we have two leading Igbo states – Imo and Anambra nobody can dispute our resolve to leave the tattered PDP umbrella.”
Okechukwu urged Ndigbo to make a difference by abandoning the PDP, a party they gave so much, with no commensurate pay-back. “We must not hold on to the old epitaph that Ndigbo don’t take shelter until the rain falls. We should not forget the admonition of our elders that you cannot watch the masquerade from only one point,” he said.