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The Senator representing Imo West and Coordinator, South-East Caucus, National Committee of Buhari Support Group, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, has restated the readiness of the geopolitical zone to throw their votes to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Uzodinma stated this on thursday at the inaugural meeting of the caucus in Abuja .
According to Uzodinma the caucus’ target was to deliver not less than six million votes out of estimated eight million registered voters in the South-East and assured that the cacus would not rest until the goal became a reality considering what the region stood to gain..
Uzodinma maintained that an overwhelming vote that will return Buhari as President in 2019 will guarantee the South-East an opportunity to produce the President in 2023.
The senator insisted that no stone should be left unturned in the pursuit of President of Eastern exrraction come 2023 and called on the cacus to step up effort towards President Buhari’s re-election.
“The national leadership has approved the operation of this caucus and we are going to go for it, bearing in mind that if we succeed we will smile very well in 2023.
“We are going to tag our operation, ‘Operation 2023’, meaning that by the time Mr President wins convincingly in the South-East, the name of the business will be ‘Reciprocity’.
“This means, I have done for you, you are now to do for me,” he said.
Uzodinma assured that plans were already in place to map out strategies that would enable the caucus to deliver on the mandate and further drive APC policies to various units in 2019.
He said, “Every booth in South-East belongs to some people. They have leaders and if the message is given to them in a manner that they will understand, I am sure that we will succeed.
“There is no point claiming headship; the common denominator is what would make President Buhari, out of the eight million registered voters in the South-East, to get a minimum of six million votes.
“In doing that, we have to make sacrifices and call some people to order. We will do our beat.
“For me as a person, we will try to convince and those that will willingly follow will follow.’’
Uzodinma hinted that the group would organise a mega rally in the region, adding that the President had approved of it and promised to be present while the management structure at the various levels of government would be put in place for effectiveness.
“Before some of us came into the party I was told you do not use money to do politics; now we are going to use money to do politics.
“We are going to do that knowing very well that the tradition and culture of our people requires that.
“We cannot begin to learn a new culture when election is a few days away. So we will start from the known to the unknown.
“We are going to work with the President and by the grace of God he will win in 2019.
“However, we have to establish criteria for knowing who a leader is when we get home.
“A leader is a man who wins his booth. A man who doesn’t win his booth is a pensioner. So, we will identify the right type of people that will in the frontline, give us victory,’’ he said.
Uzodinma assured of his commitment to serving, not only to coordinate affairs but ensuring that the tools and logistics needed to make work easy would be provided and duties assigned appropriately to people.
He said, “I am optimistic that working as a team with love and providing accommodation for each and everyone; we will have no reason not to succeed.
“It is your goodwill in your various states that will translate to the President’s goodwill.
“We will take the risk and guarantee the president so that our people will vote for him and he will win, knowing very well that after 2023, it will be Alleluia all the way.’’
The senator said that the party is ready to reconcile differences among members, particularly those from the South-East.
On his part the National Chairman, Buhari Support Group, Mustapha Ahmed, said the group had been working assiduously to raise the support base of the president with the support group increasing from 198 to 450.