NNEWI—NDIGBO Unity Assembly, NUA, yesterday urged the people of old Eastern region, particularly the South East states to reject the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 2019 general elections.
NUA made the call after their expanded emergency meeting in Onitsha,Anambra State while reacting to the revelation of the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari has struck agreement with Senator Ahmed Bola Tinubu to hand over power to him (Tinubu) in 2023 if he backs him to win second tenure in February next year.
According to NUA, it has become glaringly clear that the party and its leadership don’t have the interest of the race at heart.
President General of NUA, Dede Uzor, said Saraki’s revelation which has not been denied by either President Muhammadu Buhari or Asiwaju BolaTinubu has confirmed the fears of majority of Ndigbo that APC and its leadership have no good agenda for Ndigbo right from its inception.
The meeting which was attended by the state chairmen from the five South East states, including Delta, Rivers, Cross River and Bayelsa states, alleged that the plot was a monumental disappointment by APC and its leaders, adding that it has exposed the party’s “deceit and treachery against the people of Nigeria and Ndigbo in particular.
“We are shocked by this revelation which we can describe as a vaulting ambition that lacks merit. It shows ethnic irredentisim found in most politicians in the APC and a self-centredeness of its leader.
“We must also say that APC has no interest of Ndigbo and Nigerians at heart and we must reject them in 2019 general elections. There is no statesman or patriotic leaders in the party.
“We have said it repeatedly that a lot of people who talk about one Nigeria do not actually believe in it. If President Buhari and Senator Tinubu actually believe in one united, indivisible and indissoluble Nigeria, they will not be imagining returning power to the South West so soon after Chief Olusegun Obasanjo finished an eighth-year tenure.
“We therefore call on Ndigbo to be extra vigilant, go and obtain their PVCs and join forces with other progressive Nigerians to vote out APC in February 2018 presidential election.”
NAU also called on Ndigbo to reject APC, and all its politics of unfulfilled promises, we should form and build own political future. The era of disunity and individualism should stop.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo should organise all Igbo submit to fashion out Igbo political position or agenda,the era of using Ndigbo as a second fiddle should be over for good.”