Stop Cam­paign­ing for Buhari, Atiku Warns Obiano

THISDAY - - NEWS EXTRA -

Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has, through the Di­rec­tor-Gen­eral of AtikuObi Cam­paign Or­gan­i­sa­tion, Harry Oranezi, warned the Gov­er­nor of Anam­bra State, Wil­lie Obiano, to stop cam­paign­ing for Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari. The News Agency of Nige­ria

(NAN) re­ported that the warn­ing came fol­low­ing re­cent com­ments cred­ited to Obiano wherein he stated that Buhari had done well for the South-east and South-south geopo­lit­i­cal zones for com­menc­ing work on the se­cond Niger Bridge.

The gov­er­nor also had re­port­edly hailed Buhari for com­plet­ing the Zik Mau­soleum in Onit­sha, oth­er­wise known as Zik Place, awarded 22 years ago, but aban­doned by suc­ces­sive ad­min­is­tra­tions.

But Atiku said Obiano’s sup­port for Buhari ran “counter to the col­lec­tive and cor­po­rate in­ter­ests of the Igbo.”

Ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, “Obiano sup­port for Buhari is in ut­ter dis­re­gard to his (Buhari’s) pen­chant to marginalise and dis­crim­i­nate against the peo­ple of the South-east and Anam­bra State in par­tic­u­lar.

“Buhari has con­tin­ued to main­tain stud­ied si­lence over the mas­sacre of in­no­cent South Eastern­ers in the North, strate­gic ex­clu­sion of South-east in rail con­nec­tion, se­cu­rity ar­chi­tec­ture of the coun­try and sundry ap­point­ments.

“The Igbo’s shall not be de­ceived by the ac­tions and ut­ter­ances of per­sons who want to achieve ill-con­ceived ob­jec­tives.”

Obiano had ex­pressed sat­is­fac­tion with the stan­dard and pace of work on the Se­cond Niger Bridge as he also thanked the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion for com­plet­ing the Zik Mau­soleum. The Mau­soleum is lo­cated at the pop­u­lar Borome in Onit­sha, the com­mer­cial nerve of Anam­bra, and home of the first Pres­i­dent of Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nige­ria.

Obiano spoke dur­ing some vis­its to the mau­soleum and the Se­cond Niger Bridge.

He said the com­ple­tion of the mau­soleum by the Buhari ad­min­is­tra­tion was an im­mea­sur­able hon­our to Anam­bra peo­ple and the en­tire South-east peo­ple. Obiano said that pre­vi­ous ad­min­is­tra­tions paid lip ser­vices to the project, re­sult­ing to its aban­don­ment for more than 20 years.

The gov­er­nor also ap­pealed to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment to step up ac­tion in the pro­cure­ment of nec­es­sary fa­cil­i­ties for the li­brary sec­tion.

He said it would be nice to have ev­ery­thing in place be­fore the visit of the pres­i­dent to Anam­bra State in a few weeks’ time for the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the mau­soleum.

“Pres­i­dent Buhari is de­ter­mined to keep to his prom­ises on the Zik’s mau­soleum.

“The project is an hon­our to Zik of Africa, who played ma­jor roles in shap­ing the na­tion.

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