The All Progressives Congress, APC, governorship candidate in Imo State, Uche Nwosu, has urged people of the South East not to be deceived by the choice of Peter Obi as the running mate to Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate.
Nwosu said the South East won’t produce Nigeria’s next President in 2023 if the region votes for Atiku.
Addressing journalists in Owerri, the state capital on Sunday, he insisted that any Igbo supporting PDP was making a mistake.
He maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari would win massive votes in the South-East in 2019 despite Abubakar’s decision to pick his running mate from the zone.
Nwsou, who is the son in-law to the state Governor, Rochas Okorocha described Obi’s nomination as a Greek gift to the South East.
He stressed that the region should wait till when Buhari’s second tenure was over so they could produce next President rather than accepting “a vice presidential slot which is more of a spare tyre.”
He said, “I don’t think that the nomination of the PDP presidential running mate from the South-East will affect anything, because President Muhammadu Buhari has made a landmark decision, I call him a man of his word.
“One thing is sure and that is President Buhari cannot be compared to Atiku Abubakar. President Buhari is a man of integrity and remember that the country was almost gone before he came in and since he came in, you can see that every part of our economy is doing well and our integrity abroad has been restored now.
“ President Buhari remains the best for the Ndigbo and the country. The Ndigbo will wait till 2023 to produce the President after Buhari has served out his second term than this vice-presidential slot to the South-East.
“Anybody from the South-East who is supporting Atiku is making a very big mistake. We cannot afford to wait for another eight years to have an Igbo man as President, I think it is a carrot that is being dangled before the Ndigbo but we must reject it.
“We cannot wait for another eight years. We prefer to vote for President Buhari and in the next four years, power will return to the South-East. So the issue of Vice-President cannot bring anything to the South-East.
“You cannot compare a Vice-President to a President. So, the issue of bringing Peter Obi is to deceive the Ndigbo again and make them continue the waiting game all over again. What we are asking for as the Ndigbo is a President, not Vice-President, that is not what we need.
“When President Buhari finishes in 2023, it will be the turn of the Ndigbo, so no Igbo man that is deep in politics, will think of supporting Atiku Abubakar, who will want to stay for another eight years, no that is not acceptable. So we shall vote for Buhari en masse to ensure that the Ndigbo will only have to wait for four years.”