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Buhari Claims Igbo Leaders Telephoned Him To Ignore Ohanaeze Endorsement Of Atiku



President Muhammadu Buhari Friday got the endorsement for a second term from some Igbo leaders as he disclosed that he was advised by some prominent Southeast leaders to disregard the recent endorsement of his Peoples Democratic Party, PDP rival, Atiku Abubakar by Ohanaeze and other prominent Igbo leaders.

The president disclosed this when he received some Igbo leaders who were led by the national chairman of the United Progressive Party, UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

He said that once the endorsement was done that he got calls from several Igbo leaders asking him to disregard the endorsement. He, however, did not say who called him.

A statement on the visit by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, quoted the president as saying “From that moment, I knew that the resolution would not stand, and alas, there it was.”

President Buhari said that his party, the APC was on point when it focused on security, corruption and the economy ahead of the 2015 election.

“We have done so much. Given the chance, we will do more.  Given every chance, we will tell Nigerians where we were in 2015 and what we have achieved up to now.

“We will not get tired of speaking about the golden opportunity Nigeria lost during 16 years of the PDP.  We earned money, which we didn’t use,” he said.

“The state of infrastructure we inherited was terrible – no roads, the railway was killed and power.  They lacked conscience because anybody with conscience will not do what they did.  We will report them to Nigerians.  Let anybody lead this country but not the PDP.  They were so reckless with the resources of the country,” the President said.

“If you ruin the economy, send your children abroad to get education, won’t they come back?” he asked, adding: “I said it 30 years ago that this is the only country we have.  We must stay here and salvage it together.”

Okorie and Engineer Emeka Ekwuosa who led the delegation promised to mobilize the Southeast for the president ahead of the election.



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