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Okechukwu Cautions Igbo Leaders Not To Enter Atiku’s “One Chance Bus”



All Progressives Congress, APC chieftain, Osita Okechukwu has enjoined Igbo leaders to have a rethink on their endorsement of Atiku Abubakar’s presidential aspiration saying that President Muhammadu Buhari remains a better option for the total wellbeing of Ndigbo.

Okechukwu who is also the director-general of the Voice of Nigeria, VON debunked insinuations of poor attention to Igbo interests by Buhari saying that he gave the region a fair share of the grade A ministers.

Speaking against the background of the endorsement of Atiku by the Igbo leaders, he said:

“My only concern is that they are posting the statement as if their position is the most viable option when pragmatically and rationally the collective interest of Ndigbo is properly assessed?  Without being immodest Professor Ben Nwabueze and Co’s option is 2nd rate to Igbo presidency in 2023, if actually they want to finally address the age long marginalisation of Ndigbo and create sense of belonging.” Okechukwu said.

Reminded of the position of the Professor Nwabueze group that President Muhammadu Buhari seems to have excluded Ndigbo in his government as reflected in their resolutions, “The summit deliberated on the state of Ndigbo in Nigeria today, especially after years of exclusion from the centre.  This country has never been so divided as it is today.  We Igbo have always yearned for a level playing field with justice, equity and fairness.”

“One as a supporter of President Muhammadu Buhari won’t come here to defend him for not appointing any Igbo man the head of any of the security agencies, that will be indefensible; however one can say that we have fair share on the Grade A Ministers. Buhari in addition did better in execution of critical of infrastructure with little resources in less than four years than PDP with humongous resources in 16 years.”

“On the serious side of the political coin, one can sincerely state that there is no better way to once and for all create a sense of belonging for Ndigbo better than harvesting the rotation of president convention.

By extension there is no better way to actualising level playing field, equity and natural justice than voting for Buhari in 2019, as voting for him will make his supporters to vote for us. His cult followership is mostly from the north.

“Whereas the Atiku restructuring mantra is appetising, the truism is that it cannot be done by Fiat-Executive Order, but by the amendment of the rigid 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. All that glitters is not gold, the sage says, for Atiku cannot restructure without the core North.”

May I once more caution that Ndigbo should reflect deeply, be pragmatic and rational instead of entering a “One Chance Bus” for APC and, by extension President Buhari, is not against restructuring, per se, but wants an orderly restructuring; otherwise, they could not have set up the Malam El-Rufia Committee on Restructuring and its report receiving attention.

“For the avoidance of doubt, no four regions as either mistakenly or mischievously quoted by Professor Nwabueze & Co agreed on issues on their table like region. For Enugu, Ebonyi, Lagos, Ogun, Bayels, Cross River and majority of the states in the north rejected region in the 1995 Abacha and 2014 Jonathan Constitutional Conferences and may likely reject in any future Conference.”Okechukwu submitted.





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