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Youths Protest Rumoured Plan By Saraki, Others To Return To PDP |The Republican News

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                                   Senate President Bukola Saraki

Success Nwogu, Ilorin

Some youths in the Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Monday protested against the rumoured plan by the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki; his former special adviser on Special Duties and Parliamentary Affairs, Alhaji Moshood Mustapha (popularly known as MM); and other associates of the Senate President to defect from the All Progressives Congress to the PDP.

The youths, on the sidelines of a media briefing by a PDP group, Face of Change, displayed placards that expressed their opposition to the rumoured defection.

Some of the placards read: ‘No to Bukola Saraki and cronies in the PDP,’ ‘MM defection is a liability,’ ‘PDP exco, shine your eyes,’ and ‘PDP gov ticket is not for sale.’

The state Coordinator, Face of Change, Alhaja Kubrat Abdullateef, however, said in an interview with journalists in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, that the protesters were only expressing their personal views, adding that they were not part of the conference.

She said, “What we are trying to do is that we do not want a repeat of what had happened in the past when Bukola Saraki planted his cronies in our party and we had a very rancorous primary. We are guarding against that and we do not want a repeat of that. Those who are carrying placards, that is their personal opinion.”

Abdullateef lamented the action of some members of the party, which she said, bordered on anti-party activities.

She said, “With the spate of incidents over the last couple of weeks, it seems the party is apathetic to anti-party (activities).  As much as we welcome new members into our party, it is important to highlight the fact that there is a laid-down process that allows one to be a member of our party.”

The state Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Gidado Alakawa, said the party was not against the entry of new members or the return of former members, adding that new members and returnees must however abide by the constitution, process and procedures of the party.

He also stressed that the protesters were only expressing their democratic rights, adding that the party leadership did not have the power to reject new members.

“Everything we do in this party follows certain procedures and rules. To that extent, there is always this opportunity for free entry and free exit. There should not be anything personal about people coming into the party. Generally, people that want to come to the party are free to come as long as they are ready to work with the rules and regulations that guide entry into the party.

“There are rules that govern  any form of re-admittance of any former member of the party, who for whatever reason left the party and is now coming back into the party. It is not for the party leadership to say who must not come in or who must come in.

“Beyond that, the party already has a structure and the structure is working along with the constitution. So those people saying they do not want X,Y to come into the party, that is their opinion but the party leadership will do whatever they can to work in line with the constitution and in line with the desire of the majority of our people to be sure the party wins in all elections.”  (Punch)

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MUST READ: 2019 Election: PDP Can’t Stop Buhari – Okechukwu (VON Boss) |RN

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Voice of Nigeria Director, Osita Okechukwu

From Iheanacho Nwosu, Abuja

Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr. Osita Okechukwu is a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC). He has been outspoken on issues that concern the government and the activities of main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this chat he examines some developments in the polity, and declared that PDP can’t challenge APC in 2019.

Few happenings have continued to give impetus to many to believe that APC government is yet to deliver on its promises. With next general elections lurking in the corner, are you not afraid that your party may find itself in a tight corner?

I have heard a lot of people say that the party has not delivered. But according to Mr. President and the manifesto of the party, we talked of fighting corruption, insecurity and revamping the economy. When we came in, you will agree with me that not only did the oil price, which none of us determined plummeted from about $110 to less than $30 per barrel. And insecurity in the north-east was also at a top gear. There was also armed robbery everywhere. Herdsmen and farmers were at loggerheads. To worsen the matter, the Excess Crude Account had depleted so much. It had cushioned the previous administration. As at May, 6, 2010, when President Jonathan became substantive president he inherited over $17 billion in excess crude account. President Buhari did not inherit up to $4b. So what we have in the oil boom era was battered. We took off on financially shaky and skimpy note. But in spite of that we also managed prudently the little resources in our coffers. We started working on abandoned federal roads, electricity and water projects across the country where the previous regime spent over $16 billion. We have delivered. Yes some people will say that you don’t talk of the past. But yesterday is today’s architecture. Because of Mr. President’s integrity quotient and the zeal he has to change things, he has been able to mark up the rating of Nigeria globally. Even those who refused to deal with Nigeria economically both in ammunition procurement and information sources are now working with us. The Chinese renewed hope in our system. We have revived the coastal rail lines. We have borrowed $1.5 billion to fix Lagos and Kano which the previous regime awarded under Private, Public sector arrangement at $8.3 billion for about 1000km. We have borrowed $500m to complete the east-west roads that the previous administration spent over $20 billion on. We have borrowed about $5 billion for the Mambilla power plants that is expected to generate over 1000 mega watts. We have started the 2nd Niger Bridge abandoned by the previous regime. So I don’t know why people would say we have not met our promises.

The argument is that this administration has dwelt more on blame game. Why are government officials and APC leaders spending so much time talking about the past?

We are not spending time talking about the past. The President got files showing that some governors did not pay salaries and pensions ranging from two to 18 months and the man was not happy about it. That is why he released bailout and Paris funds to the states. He did that not considering the party the governors belong to. If you calculate the amount spent it is over N3trillion. The money would have been used to fix kilometers of roads but the President is more concerned with the welfare of Nigerians. The totality of the civil servants is not up to 20percent of the population of the country. Some people asked why the President would spend such amount when he can use it to fix critical infrastructure that would be very easy for the ordinary Nigerian to see. Do you know what Mr. President said? He said that throughout his life he has been a public servant, that it pains him to notice that those who are working are not been paid for months . Ordinarily if you look at it on the wider spectrum, you will notice that the average worker’s salary is less than 10percent. But what of those who are linked up to their activities like the petty trader who sells items to them on credit hoping to get their money at the end of the month? And on the pension he told us that for him,  if you say you are fighting the war against corruption you must pay pensioners otherwise you are telling those who are working to resort to self help. So some of these things should be identified by deep thinkers like journalists, it is not abstract.

The bailout money was not given for free. It is money that belongs to the states. It came out from NLG which ordinarily states should have accessed to. Why are you sounding as if the President gave the governors’ money for free?  

What we are saying is that Mr. President had two choices. A trillion Naira can fix long kilometres of road. He could have focused on spending the money on infrastructure and leave the workers and several Nigerians to wallow. But he chose to assist them live. Even with the money given to governors to pay arrears of salaries the APC government has done a lot in the area of fixing infrastructure. We have constructed about 1000 kilometres of roads across the country. Those other ones that you know like the Enugu /Onitsha is over 100km so when you join what Mr President has done you will notice that Mr. President is working.

Nobody working under the federal government is being owed. And that critical infrastructure, for us is going to lead to industrialisation which Mr. President is focusing on. He has said that he wants to return Nigeria to where she should be. He is using the social investment fund to do a lot of things. Look at rice importation for instance; Nigeria has knocked down rice importation by 30perecent. In the few years if he is voted in 2019, the issue of rice will be all over the country. And so when some people say that it is not an achievement I begin to wonder.

From the low rating of the administration, many feel that in 2019 APC will not have it easy. What is your take?

There is no rating. It is just like CNN and FOX channels in the United States of America. If you are coming from the FOX you will not say that President Trump is rated low. When Mr. President visited Abakaliki and Kano , were the people hired? The entire Chiefs came to Abakaliki and coronated him and called him the ‘General that lives among the people’. They did that because they know that he is trying to get the people back to life. He is diversifying the economy; he does not want us to depend on oil.  Those Chiefs who came out in their numbers are not clowns. They have subjects. So they know when a person is working. Mr. President is giving hope. He is doing a lot in the south east in terms of road construction and other projects that the last administration failed to do.

Are you not exaggerating APC’s performance and electoral influence in the south-east? Don’t you think that the defeat of the party in the Anambra governorship election and that of local government poll in Enugu as well as its dwindling popularity in Imo state are clear signs that it is yet to be accepted in the zone? 

I am happy you talked about Imo State. We have said it several times that while Nigerian democracy is advancing at the center, with robust and vibrant National Assembly challenging the executive, it is unfortunate and regrettable that at the state level democracy is being stunted, almost killed. Have you heard of any State Assembly who is making noise like Senator Dino Melaye? Is there any state where local government election is free and fair?  No. If you ask the government of Enugu they will tell you that the process was transparent. And in the case of Anambra we did approval rating vis-a-vis other contestants. We came second and you say it is not a good result. You wanted Mr. President to rig the election in Anambra? Even at the last grand finale of APC campaign in Anambra he was there. In fact it was at the grand finale that he ordered the security personnel of Governor Obiano to be restored. If he had wanted to rig the election, he would have left the governor in fears. And if he had done that the governor would have scampered for safety and his supporters would have known that he has gone into hiding. But he didn’t want to do that. Mr. President is advancing the cause of democracy. He never wanted to use force and I expect journalists like you to tell people that democracy is not growing in any state of the federation. Governors have become emperors. They don’t allow any member of the house of assembly to raise his voice like Senator Dino Melaye and Shehu Sani are doing.

But we have also seen in the south-east where even APC has been fighting itself. For instance, in Enugu and Ebonyi there are factions, in Imo people are complaining. Isn’t that heartrending for you chieftains of the party in the zone? 

Don’t forget that we are in a democracy. The governor of Imo was elected. Don’t forget that it was democracy that was used to elect Adolf Hitler. So leave the down side of democracy. The problem in Imo is not about APC, it is about the governor and some of his uncanny and orthodox policies. The people know the real APC.

But is he not making the party unpopular?  

If it is about dwindling fame it is the governor himself that is unpopular. What people need to know is that APC will not allow him to choose his successor or impose a candidate for the party in 2019. That is the only thing we will deny him. So separate APC from the unorthodox policies of Governor Rochas Okorocha. Sometimes when someone goes astray you don’t blame the party. Before the APC primary that produced President Buhari, when a meeting was held which he presided as the Chairman of APC Governors’ Forum in Imo lodge, the governors collectively said that the chairman of the party will emerge from the south-south or south-east. He came out and declared that he would run for President despite advice not to do so. He was told that the office had been zoned to the north. It is not a law but the resolution of the party’s convention. I asked him why he didn’t object initially. Why did he tell them to hold the meeting in his lodge? Despite the advice he ignored everybody. We had agreed with the delegates to visit Buhari and informed him of our resolution to support him, just like the South-west under the strategic leadership of Bola Tinubu. The same governor Rochas Okorocha refused.

Don’t you think such controversy will play out in 2019 since he still has the ambition? 

The little we can do as a party is to truncate his plans of nominating his son-in-law for governorship race. We will tell Igbo people that our party does not encourage nepotism.  The party will find its feet when the time comes. So please don’t use his approval rating to judge the APC rating in Imo or South- East.    (The Sun)

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PDP: Nigerians Will Return Us To Power In 2019 – Secondus |The Republican News

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National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has declared that Nigerians are determined to vote his party back to power in 2019.

According to a statement by Bisi Ezekiel from the National chairman’s office , Secondus was speaking at a thanksgiving organised on his emergence as party chairman in PortHarcourt on Sunday.

The PDP leader said Nigerians have realised that PDP provided competent national leadership which stabilised lives of Nigerians.

“Nigerians are eagerly waiting to vote out the APC.The PDP is poised to take over the leadership of the country in 2019

“We are going according to the plans and purpose of God. This country will be returned to the PDP, whether you like it or not, it approved in heaven. You cannot do otherwise “.

While thanking God for his grace and blessing that delivered the position of the national chairman, Mr. Secondus said God used Mr. Wike and his colleagues to bring the post to fruition.

Several Governors at the occasion eulogised Secondus describing him as a forthright leader who is best for national chairmanship in the present state of the party.  (The Sun)

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Nigerians Celebrating Worst Christmas Ever – PDP |The Republican News

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Fuel scarcity: queue at filling station

Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party has described this year’s Christmas as the worst to be celebrated by Nigerians.

The party, however, called on Nigerians not to despair but to use the occasion to show love, care and encourage one another regardless of religious, ethnic and political inclinations.

The party said it was disheartening that Nigerians could not merrily celebrate the Yuletide due to the current biting economic hardship worsened by the acute fuel shortage, all due to the alleged shambolic policies, sheer incompetence and gross insensitivity of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja on Sunday, described the nation’s economic situation as a national embarrassment which cannot be glossed with deceit, lies and propaganda, urging Nigerians to overcome this very sordid situation by rallying around one another in true love as epitomized in the birth and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He said, “Indeed, this is the worst Yuletide ever. There is no way one can sugarcoat the fact that the anguish Nigerians face today is because of the incompetence of the APC Government, which has also amply demonstrated that it does not care about the welfare and happiness of the citizens.

“Our country’s economic situation has astronomically gone from bad to worse in the last two years and painfully, there is no hope in sight under this APC regime.

“As we speak, many families are completely stranded; many more can no longer afford their basic needs.

“Nigerians have become ravaged by economic hardship because the APC-led Federal Government has abandoned them and refused to channel the abundant resources available in the nation for the good of the people. Instead, they are heartlessly diverting such resources for their selfish political purposes while the people suffer.

“These horrendous realities imposed on us by the APC notwithstanding, we must not become despondent. ”

Nevertheless, he said that the Christmas season presents Nigerians very strong lessons in hope and their collective triumph over adverse situations as exemplified in the birth and teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ.

He also called on Nigerians to join hands with the main opposition party to rescue the country in 2019.

According to him, “Now that it has become manifest, even by their speeches this season, that those who promised Nigerians El Dorado do not have the littlest capacity to fulfil the smallest of their promises, we as a people must not also abandon ourselves.

“We must, therefore, rise above all divisive ethnic, religious and political considerations and make this season merry by helping and encouraging one another in love.

“The ugly situation we all confront today as a people must, therefore, serve as the catalyst for a prosperous tomorrow as Nigerians join hands with the PDP to restore our dear nation to the path of good governance and national prosperity come 2019”.

Ologbodiyan further urged Nigerians to use this period to pray for the prosperity and unity of the nation.   (Punch)

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DRAMA: PDP Reps Celebrate Colleagues’s Defection To APC |The Republican News

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John Ameh, Abuja

There was drama on the floor of the House of Representatives on Thursday when the Peoples Democratic Party members celebrated the defection of one of their colleagues to the All Progressives Congress.

The defector, Mr. Johnson Agbonayinma, hails from Edo State.

Unlike in previous cases where the PDP lawmakers protested against the defection of their members, the lawmakers jubilated as they wished Agbonayinma well.

Agbonayinma became the eighth member of the PDP to defect this year and the second this week.

He described the PDP as “darkness”, where he could no longer belong because he had seen the “light” in the APC.

“The PDP has shut the door against me”, he told the House in his letter read by the Speaker, Mr. Yakubu Dogara.

PDP members, including the Minority Whip, Mr. Yakubu Barde; Deputy Minority Leader, Mr. Chukwuka Onyema; Deputy Minority Whip, Mrs. Binta Bello; Chairman, House Committee on Foreign Relations, Nnenna Elendu-Ukeje; and the Chairman, Committee on Public Petitions, Mr. Uzoma Nkem-Abonta, danced as they bade Agbonayinma goodbye.

They chorused, “Agbonayinma, bye-bye; Agbonayinma, bye-bye; we wish you luck.”

Onyema raised a point of order to give the position of the caucus on the defection.

He said, “Even though we oppose defection; in the case of Agbonayinma, we are actually happy that he is leaving.

“He is like a tumour. You know when you have cancer and it is cured, you feel happy because it has left you.

“The PDP house will be better without Agbonayinma being with us. So, Agbonayinma, bye-bye.”

The lawmakers danced and sang again amid laughter.

Agbonayinma was a member of the Ali Modu Sheriff-faction of the party before the Supreme Court recognised the then Senator Ahmed Makarfi faction as the authentic leader of the party.

The Edo State Deputy Governor, Mr. Phillip Shuaibu, witnessed the defection.

Agbonayinma later addressed journalists in company with the Majority Leader of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, at the National Assembly.

Agbonayinma said he had observed that in spite of efforts being made to rescue the PDP, it appeared to be set on “dying, dying, and will be dead.”

He cited the recent national convention of the party as another “wasted opportunity to check the reign of impunity in the PDP.”

“PDP is totally factionalised and a house that is divided against itself will not stand. I decided to leave because I couldn’t face the heat in the dark house.

“I left darkness for light. The so-called unity list that produced the current leaders of PDP only brought more disunity to the party.”

On his part, Gbajabiamila said he was elated that Agbonayinma joined the APC, saying he had always known him to be a man with a “progressive mind.”

He added, “If you know Agbonayinma, he is the kind of person that should be in the APC, not in the PDP. I knew that it was only a matter of time he would join the APC.”

Only on Tuesday, a member from Imo State, Mr. Raphael Igbokwe, defected to the APC from the PDP.

His defection cut the numerical strength of the PDP to about 119. Agbonayinma’s exit further brought it down to 118.   (The Sun)

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PDP: Those Parading Themselves As Fresh PDP Ought To Have Been Arrested , Jailed – Fayose

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Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, who is also Chairman, Peoples’ Democratic Party’s Governors’ Forum, has said that those who have identified themselves as Fresh PDP ought to have been arrested, and jailed for disrupting the peace of the nation.
Governor Fayose was reacting to the development, in Abuja, on Wednesday, in Ado-Ekiti, while he played host to newly elected national Chairman of the PDP, Unche Secondus, who wasbin the state in company of other members of the party’s National Working Committee ( NWC) for the local government election rally coming up in Ado-Ekiti, on Thursday.
The event was well attended by a mamoth crowd from across Ekiti State.
While Secondus said the Fresh PDP are mere distractors, who should be ignored, Governor Fayose said they are miscreants meant for the prison.
Secondus said, “We are not distracted by elements of distractions, we are focused we know the enemies are at work, we know several things have been going on with some wanting to prevent our convention. But since we have had a peaceful convention they are not happy. We know these people, even those from outside and we will name them when the time comes.”
In a visibly angry mood, Governor Fayose said: “In a civilised society those parading themselves as fresh PDP should have been clamped into jail. They are simply charlatans. I won’t be surprised and we are doing investigations to know those who are behind them. In a society like Nigeria, where we need a virile opposition, we need to continually put the government of the day on its toes for them to know that Nigeria is greater than all of us, some miscreants would just make press statement and say they are splinter group or whatever they call themselves.
In a proper democracy, they are supposed to have been arrested and detained for breaching the peace of the society as their action is unwarranted and uncalled for.
But we are not going to celebrate such by making an issue out of it. Nigeria needs peace at all times. We are not going to go back to the days of Sherif and co, by giving attentions to those idiots making noise all over the place. This party will remain focused and move on.
“I urge Nigerians to ignore them. When I saw them on the Internet, they were faceless people I cannot recognise so they remains a set of jobless and miscreants.
Also reacting to aggrieved members who were defeated and pulled out of the convention, Fayose said: ” What is important about the convention is for the party to be transparent and we have done that. And the moment the party has put in place the necessary level playing ground, everybody defeated at that election should be honourable enough to accept it. There would be another opportunity tommorow. I am a consistent man, and don’t live a spoilers life.
” Let me tell Nigerians that the PDP has done our convention and we have our leadership and we are now more focused than ever and forging ahead and will reclaim the Villa and give Nigeria a befitting leadership.
The governor also reacted to those who have dragged the party to court demanding the cancellation of the convention. He said: ” I don’t mind if you go to court, it is different from some people going to the television and parade themselves as fresh whatever, are they dirty before.If you feel aggreived, ideally they have all signed undertaking to accept outcome of the convention. How can you who didn’t get a single vote now go to court over what? The apex body of the country’s judiciary has warned judges to be wary of politicians in the build up to the general elections in 2019. And I am sure no judge would want to put his jobs on the line by allowing jobber politicians who are looking desperately for money. We will not join issues with those from the latrine.” (The Sun)

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2023: The Igbo Have Better Chance In PDP, Says Umahi |The Republican News

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Chief (Deacon) Austin Umahi is the National Vice Chairman (South East) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). In this interview with our Correspondent, Obinna Odogwu, in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital, he spoke on the aspiration of the people of the South-east geo-political zone to be president by the year 2023 and the best way to achieve it. Excerpts.

 

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has rekindled hope for the Igbo to be president by the year 2023. How can this be realized?

Well, it is God that actually gives life and the year 2023 is still very, very far. But our hope and our strong belief is that we are integral part of this country. It is a sub-system in a system of the Nigerian nation and for fairness and equity to prevail and to be seen to prevail, the aspiration is not a bad one. It is something that is realizable. But we the Igbo have a task; a task of unity, a task of love, oneness; a task of identifying with ourselves, a task of not pulling ourselves down once it is not you. So, the onus lies on us.

Are you saying in essence that the 2023 aspiration of the Igbo to be president is not something that you people can pull yourselves together and work strategically towards achieving?

No, you did not get me right. I said that it is something realizable; something we can achieve by coming together with unity of purpose, love and then shun this attitude of pull-him-down-syndrome. It is something achievable and we have all it takes to achieve it. But most importantly, we must have to come together because the Bible queried in Amos chapter 3 verse 3: ‘can two work together except they agree?’ The most important thing is the agreement; and agreement is all about unity and unity is all about love.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is making spirited efforts to sack President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) from power. Now, if PDP succeeds in its quest, there is likelihood that whoever that emerges will gun for second tenure. That would threaten the Igbo aspiration by 2023. But if Buhari returns, the Igbo have fair chance of realizing their aspiration. What would you make of this?

Well, the truth remains that you can’t negotiate some of these things. It is not a straight jacket thing. It is something that can be done not by war but by jaw jaw. In a round table discussion, we can agree on the way forward. And the way forward is all about fairness, equity; it is to recognize a geopolitical zone like the South-east as a major entity of this country. The South-east is a formidable entity for that matter. For that, the issue of the PDP comes on board in 2019, whether it will jeopardize the Igbo aspiration for 2023, everything is in the hands of God. And I believe that these things we can sit down and negotiate. This is because the PDP is the party that has the depth, and understanding of this country and the politics of Nigeria.

Recently, the Chairman of the South East Governors Forum who also is the Governor of Ebonyi State, Chief David Umahi, said that whoever the Igbo would support must spell out in clear terms what he has for the people. Do you agree with him?

I agree with him 100 per cent. I agree with him as the true son of the soil, Igbo. I agree with him because we are part and parcel of this great country. The era of following sheepishly has to be discarded. As a geopolitical zone, there is need for us to know the cake that is on top of the table and how we are going to share it. What is the take of the South East? It is not a question of you become a ‘follow follow.’ You should be able to identify because any mistake we make now will affect our children. It will affect the younger generation. And so, I stand by him. Whatever you are discussing that you don’t factor the South East interest, my brother, I will personally as the zonal chairman of the PDP fight it. I won’t support it. And that is why, even the emergence of the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, we made it clear that we as a geopolitical zone must be factored in.

Since you agree with your brother, does it mean that if President Muhammadu Buhari who is in the All Progressives Congress (APC) presents a better offer for the people of the South-east; that you and your brother, being members of the PDP, will work for Buhari’s re-election?

No! You are not talking like a politician. I am a zonal Chairman of the PDP and my greatest desire is that we come on board in 2019 as a party 100 per cent. So, the issue of anti-party is completely out of it. But I will speak for my people. I am here to speak for my people. I will stand firmly for my people. I can never have it better, and the Igbo can never have it better in any other party than the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Let us be realistic with ourselves. So, it is not a question of propaganda or fake promises. It must have to be concrete. And I believe that the PDP is a party we can negotiate our tomorrow with and then it will stand.

Sir, I don’t think you got my question… (cuts in)

I got you 100 per cent right. You said assuming Buhari decides to make a better offer to us and I say that there can never be a better offer in the All Progressives Congress (APC). And I stand bold to say it. I am a PDP man blood, flesh and in spirit and I don’t have any fear about that. I stand firm to declare it. And there is no place the Igbo can have it better other than the People’s Democratic Party (PDP). So, we stand by the PDP. We will negotiate what will be our better stake and I assure you that we will get it. As a geopolitical zone, we can never be deceived by lies.

What practical steps are the South-east leaders which you’re one of them taking to realize your aspiration of presidency come 2023? Are there modalities being put in place ahead of the time?

The Bible, in the book of Lamentation said who is he that sayeth to pass when the Lord has not commanded. We can only make efforts as mortals. All powers belong to God. But most importantly, if this is the agitation of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, I stand by them 101 per cent. And as a party leader, I will work very hard to ensure that our party respects that.

What if by 2023, the people of the South-east begin to champion this cause and the northerners and perhaps some other regions begins to kick against this aspiration, what are you people going to do?

My brother, power is not given; power is taken. That is the simple truth. You should go for it because the Bible says that whatsoever our feet should tread upon, we should posses it. And that implies motion; it implies movement. We have to move to posses that land. And by doing that, we must have to appeal to the conscience of other geopolitical zones. We must have to make them to see reasons. If we belong to this project together in Nigeria, that is right and fair; that this is all about equity. We must have to work very hard for it. Nobody dashes power. Nobody gives power except the Almighty God.          (The Sun)

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