Igbo lead­ers in PDP are there for self­ish in­ter­ests - S/East APC

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - From Tony Adibe, Enugu

The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) South-East Vol­un­teer Net­work, yes­ter­day lashed out at Igbo lead­ers in the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), say­ing they are in the party for their self­ish in­ter­ests and that of their chil­dren rather than the col­lec­tive in­ter­est of Ndigbo.

The Net­work, made up of the APC youths in the South­east geo-po­lit­i­cal zone, also faulted the Federal Govern­ment on the man­ner it has so far han­dled the Nige­rian Im­mi­gra­tion Ser­vice (NIS) re­cruit­ment.

Ad­dress­ing a press brief­ing in Enugu yes­ter­day, the con­vener of the Net­work, Anene Chikezie, said it was wrong and un­pa­tri­otic of some Igbo lead­ers to have ad­vised the Igbo not to con­tem­plate the pres­i­dency in 2015 un­til Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan de­cides to con­test or not.

Specif­i­cally, the Net­work con­demned the state­ment cred­ited to the lead­er­ship of the apex Igbo so­cio-cul­tural as­so­ci­a­tion, Ohaneze Ndigbo to the ef­fect that “Igbo cit­i­zens should shed the am­bi­tion of con­test­ing the 2015 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion for the in­ter­est of peace and unity.”

The Net­work re­gret­ted that “no vi­able federal govern­ment project in Igbo land de­spite the mas­sive rig­ging in favour of the PDP dur­ing the last pres­i­den­tial elec­tion in the zone.”

Chikezie re­called that even the painted Onit­sha In-Land Port Com­plex that was re­jected, aban­doned by the then Pres­i­dent Shehu Sha­gari-led Na­tional Party of Nigeria (NPN) govern­ment had re­mained mori­bund ever since.

“Af­ter com­mis­sion­ing the project, no sin­gle ship berthed there and this is pure de­ceit of the Igbo in con­nivance with Igbo lead­er­ship. The sec­ond Niger Bridge be­ing com­mis­sioned ev­ery elec­tion by the rul­ing PDP govern­ment with­out bud­getary al­lo­ca­tion to de­ceive Ndigbo is an­other kind of de­ceit; hence Ndigbo are be­ing used and dumped by the PDP since 1999,” Chikezie said.

Chikezie also spoke on the ac­tiv­i­ties of the APC and how it in­tended to clinch vic­tory in the zone dur­ing the next elec­tion in 2015. He said: “We are go­ing to em­bark on one-on-one cam­paign to con­vince all the Igbo people as to why they have join the APC and key into its pro­grammes and vi­sion for the people of the zone and the en­tire coun­try.”

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