• Endorse him for second term
By Lawrence Olaoye
Igbo leaders have sought the support of President Muhammadu Buhari for an Igbo president in 2023.
This is even as they endosed the president for second term. Buhari has consequently pledged to give his best to all Nigerians, guided by a clear conscience in making decisions for the progress of the country.
Buhari made the pledge yesterday while receiving leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) led by the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu.
According to a statement made available to newsmen yesterday by the Special Adviser to the President on media and publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari thanked the South-east APC leaders for their patriotism, sacrifices and support for the peace and stability of the country.
He commended the South East leaders for acknowledging the laudable and consistent efforts of his administration to restore Nigeria to the 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,’’ he said.
In an address on behalf of South East leaders, Hon. Emma Eneukwu, National Vice Chairman, South East APC, thanked the President for the several projects receiving attention of the Federal Government in the South East including , 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt road as well as the Enugu-Onitsha –Owerri road, among others.
Reaffirming the unanimous decision of the party in the zone on December 31, 2017 endorsing the President for a second term in office, Eneukwu said: ‘‘It is our conviction that four years is not enough for you to complete this worthy journey hence the need for another four years to enable you make Nigeria truly great.’’
He added: ‘‘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.’’