Director-General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Osita Okechukwu, has again called on Ndigbo to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid.
Okechukwu while briefing journalists in Enugu on Monday, also said that the call by the Vice President for the Southwest to succeed President Buhari is a clarion call for Ndigbo, saying, in the true sense of the word that equity, natural justice, and good conscience are on the side of the people of Southeast geopolitical zone to produce a Nigeria President in 2023.
“Equity, natural justice and good conscience are the advantages on our side, for the South East is the only geopolitical zone in the Southern belt that has not presided over Nigeria since 1999, when the rotation of president convention took off 1999,” Okechukwu told reporters.
His words: “President of Nigeria of Igbo extraction in 2023 is a win-win scenario, and a golden opportunity for Ndigbo to end the vexatious issue of marginalisation and create a sense of belonging in the Nigerian family.
“We appeal to Ndigbo to hearken to this clarion call as all we need is to vote for President Buhari, so as to reinforce the equity, natural justice and good conscience which is on our side. Our vote for Buhari will engender the support of his mass followers in the Northern belt, for Buhari has a Vote-Bank of 10-12 million voters, which is a big arsenal.
“Our support for Buhari is also predicated on the foundation he is laying on critical infrastructural development – 2nd Niger Bridge, 5,000 kilometres federal roads, 5,000 standard gauge railways, additional 5,000 megawatts of electricity and self-sufficiency in food production.
“On the issue of four years, Buhari’s remaining 4 years post-2019 is cast in constitutional stone, while His Excellency Atiku Abubakar’s own is at best a pledge. Atiku’s manifesto is a six-year plan, therefore Buhari’s option is the quickest and surest route to Nigeria president of Igbo extraction”