2019: APC chieftain reveals why endorsement of Atiku by Igbo leaders is insignificant

Kelvin Ugboaja, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress in Abia state and the Director-General of Uchechukwu Ogah Governorship Campaign Organization, has criticized the Professor Ben Nwabueze-led Igbo Leaders of Thoughts’ endorsement of the 2019 presidential bid of former Nigeria Vice President, and Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Owojela's Blog recalls that Atiku received the endorsement during a gathering of Igbo leaders last Wednesday in Enugu.

Ugboaja who spoke with newsmen during a press conference, on Tuesday in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, said the purported endorsement of the PDP presidential flag bearer by the Igbo leaders was of no consequence.
He said the purported endorsement of Atiku does not reflect the true position of things in Igboland, adding that seventy per cent of the people of South-South had embraced APC and President Muhammadu Buhari.

The APC stalwart pointed out that returning PDP back to power in 2019 would be disastrous to the country, stressing that the opposition party has nothing to offer, as the motive was to get back to power and return Nigeria to the era of looting.
His words, “When you check those Igbo leaders that endorsed Atiku, most of them cannot get five per cent votes in their villages.

“Seventy per cent of people of Southeast zone is in APC now, because they want to change. They have seen what Buhari has done within three and a half years.
” Look at the Second Niger Bridge, for 16 years, PDP never did anything. When PDP was in power, every electioneer campaign they will promise to work on it. Go there today, you will see what is going on.

“If you are coming from Enugu, you will see the kind of job that is being done along on the Enugu-Port Harcourt road. The Umuahia-IKot Ekpene road has been advertised for reconstruction. Everywhere in Southeast, things are changing.

“Factories are being revived. The rail system is working once more. Any project APC completed, PDP will say they started it. They started it, the then PDP government paid the contractors and collected the money and abandoned the projects.
“For 16 years, that was what the past PDP-led government were doing. That is why we had nothing. And PDP has nothing they can show. Campaigns have started, we want them to come and tell us what they did.

“Nigerians are not stupid. Igbos are not stupid. We are not going to go in that way. So, if you say Igbo leaders, we respect them, they can endorse any person they want. But, it is of no consequence at all.
“President Buhari will be back in 2019. I can assure you. Those who vote, are in love with him. They are going to vote him back into office. Those who are bitter, can stay in their houses and be bitter.”