• Asks president to immortalise Ekwueme
Omololu Ogunmade in Abuja
The South-east chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Monday in Abuja announced the unanimous endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term in office.
Leading a delegation of South-east leaders to the State House, Hon. Emma Eneukwu, National Vice Chairman of APC in the zone, told the president that the party leaders in the region endorsed the president for a re-election on December 31, 2017, on the basis of their conviction that he needs another term for more service to the country.
“It is our conviction that four years are not enough for you to complete this worthy journey, hence the need for another four years to enable you make Nigeria truly great,” Eneukwu was quoted as saying.
According to the statement, Eneukwu thanked the president for several projects being executed by the federal government in the South-east including the Second Niger Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt expressway and Enugu-Onitsha-Owerri highway, among others.
It also said Eneukwu implored the president to support the aspiration of the South-east for presidency come 2023.
“We implore Mr. President, as a just and fair-minded leader, to make history by supporting the zoning of the office of the president in our great party to the South-east at the end of your second tenure in office as president in 2023,” he was quoted as saying.
Speaking with journalists after the meeting, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonaya Onu, said besides the endorsement of the president, the delegation also demanded the immortalisation of former Vice President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme
“We also thanked the president for the role the federal government is playing under his leadership on the burial of one of our very great sons, former vice-president of this great country, Dr. Alex Ekwueme. And we told him that the people of the South-east will be happy if a national asset is named after him as a way to show that the country is also appreciative of his important contributions to nation building,” he said.
According to the statement, Buhari in his address to the leaders, restated his commitment to give his best to all Nigerians, guided by a “clear conscience in making decisions for the progress of the country.”
The statement also said the president thanked the politicians for their patriotism, sacrifices and support for peace, stability of the country and commended the South-east leaders for acknowledging the laudable and consistent efforts of his administration to restore Nigeria to position of eminence.
“I am very pleased for your patriotism and consistency in supporting our administration. You are always going around explaining things even at the risk of abuse.
“I want you to know that I have not forgotten the efforts and sacrifices you have made in the successes I have achieved in my position and I appreciate what you are doing for the stability of our country and the future of our children and our grandchildren.
“I assure you that whatever I try to do, I will do it with a clear conscience and I’ll do the best I can do for all Nigerians,’’ the president said.
In the delegation were Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha; Onu, Eneukwu, former Senate President, Ken Nnamani; former Ebonyi State Governor, Martins Elechi; Senator Andy Uba, Senator Ben Uwajimogu, former Governor of the old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo; Senator Nkechi Nworgu, Senator Ifeanyi Ararume, and former Minister of Labour and Productivity, Emeka Wogu.
Also in the delegation were Senator Uche Ekwunife, Hon. Tony Nwoye, Okey Ezea, George Moghalu, Chairman, Coscharis Motors, Cosmas Maduka, Senator Chris Nwankwo, Chris Adighije, Anthony Agbo, Senator Emma Anosiki, former Deputy Governor of Abia State, Cosmas Akomas, Nnanna Uzor Kalu, Dr. Uche Ogar and Nnanna Igbokwe.
Others were Chairman, South-east caucus in the House of Representatives, Sam Nkire; Mac Nwabara, Hon. Austin Chukwukere, Chika Okafor, APC Deputy National women leader, Tina Ekwueme-Adike, Princess Gloria Akobundu among others.