As the country prepares for the 2019 general elections, the Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON) and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr. Osita Okechukwu has predicted that President Buhari will score over two million votes in the South-East.
Okechukwu who described the South-East as the shoreline of President Muhammadu Buhari is optimistic that the APC would garner much votes from the zone in the 2019 presidential elections.
According to him, President Buhari and by extension, APC would get more than one million votes in the South-East, to balance whichever tendency they would miss in the North and the South West in the 2019 electoral vote distributive curve.
The VON DG gave this assurance on Saturday in an interaction with journalists at his hometown, Eke, Udi local government area of Enugu State during the flag-off of the town’s annual ‘Igwa Nshi’ cultural festival.
He spoke against the backdrop of the parallel APC congresses held in different states and the threat posed by the nPDP group in the ruling party.
Asked how the APC and by extension President Muhammadu will survive the parallel congresses across the country, and the threat of the nPDP, Mr. Okechukwu assured that the “South East is the shoreline of Mr President and by extension the APC.”
“My happiness is that the South East come 2019 will be the shoreline of our dear president and by extension our great party, the APC. Buhari will get more than a million votes in the South East. The so called parallel congress members under close scrutiny are not truly APC people…
“To be exact, the mainstream APC in the South East will balance whichever tendency we miss in the North and South West in the electoral vote distributive curve of 2019 presidential election. Be it the nPDP or ADC.”
“We got less than 200,000 in the South East in 2015, but with rapid infrastructural development going on in the South East, we will leverage for Ndigbo are not ingrates. We will cover the missing gap envisaged from the South West and nPDP in the North.”
“Don’t forget that those who enlarged the APC South East mainstream today were loyalists of His Excellency, Owelle Rochas Okorocha. Today they are in league with President Buhari, they are passionate to re-elect him. Am excited with the rate their campaign for Mr. President is going and the response of the electorate,” Okechukwu said.
Asked why he is in the East most of the time, Okechukwu said: “Yes, I have acquired modern ICT platform, new office and concluding arrangement for staff housing and solar energy for Voice of Nigeria; now am in the East to revive the indelible legacy of North-East alliance bequeathed to us by the great Zik of Africa. Zik was Nigeria’s persona dictum and unparalleled nationalist. He built the North-East alliance and as his acolytes we are consolidating it as Pan-Nigerians.”
On how Buhari would garner over a million votes with the crisis here and there and in their party, APC, Okechukwu described ‘Buhari’s Roads, Rails, Agriculture and Power (RRAP) Projects’ as “the development resurgimento, which would reinforce the private sector and attract more Foreign Direct Investment.”