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The National Chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie,on thursday took a swipe at the main opposition party in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for not having anything to show in the South east region for their 16 years in nation’s governance.
Mr Okorie in the Press conference mounted in Enugu moved on to accuse the PDP-led Federal Government of turning the entire southeast zone one large area of abandoned construction site.
The Party Chair,Mr Okorie, who recently led a Pan-Igbo Organization,the Igboezue Cultural Advancement Initiative(ICAI) into adopting President Muhammadu Buhari as their candidate in the 2019 presidential election, alleged that PDP deliberately kept southeast out of the scheme of things.
“If this is not deliberate, then what will be the explanation for the very painful fact that in 16 years, there is no project that was started and completed by the PDP government in any part of the southeast geo political zone? We are aware that the PDP has an unwritten policy that no Igbo person will ever be the president of Nigeria until 150 years after the Nigeria-Biafra war.
“The manner in which the military junta of Abdulsalam Abubakar presided over the massive deceit of the entire Igbo people by the PDP in the short-changing of the late Dr. Alex Ekwueme in his bid to become the party’s presidential candidate in 1999 is an unprecedented and biggest political 419 ever perpetrated against any race in Nigeria by a political party and its military sponsors,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr. Osita Okechukwu has come out to commend Southeast governors for their wisdom and pragmatism in meeting with President Buhari on Wednesday night over the interest of the zone ahead 2019.
Okechukwu also thanked the Secretary to Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha for reminding Ndigbo at the occasion for the second time that Buhari’s victory presents the quickest route to Nigeria president of Igbo extraction in 2023.