Southeast APC leaders afraid of campaigning for Buhari, says Ohanaeze youths.
· Group warns Ndigbo over APC’s promises
The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) and other affiliated groups have said that leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the southeast have developed cold feet to openly campaign for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election for fear of being attacked by youths, especially Biafra agitators.
In a statement after their meetings in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, yesterday, the national president of OYC, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, noted that despite the assurances to Buhari that they would deliver, many of the leaders lost touch with Igbo voters because of many years of neglect.
The statement added: “Ohanaeze youths will guarantee the safety of President Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar whenever they come to campaign in the southeast, as the Forum of Biafra Agitators has assured us that nobody would be attacked during this campaign period, irrespective of Operation Python Dance III.
“We insist that Igbo leaders are deceiving both Buhari and Atiku, as many of them can no longer influence Igbo votes in their polling units or southeast generally.”
Meanwhile, Coalition of Ethnic Nationalities Agenda for Atiku (CENTAA) has warned the Igbo community in Lagos not to fall for “the sweet talks” of APC governorship candidate, Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
The coalition was reacting to Sanwo-Olu’s statement while being honored with an Igbo chieftaincy title at the National Stadium in Lagos recently, that one day an Igbo man would govern the state.
CENTAA executive secretary, Adeoye Jolaosho, stated: “Simply put, these people do not believe in anyone but themselves and anyone who will sell their soul to satisfy their selfishness and corruption.”
According to the group, Agbaje, who was made ‘Ezi Nwanne Ndigbo I’ in 2015, will not disappoint southeasterners.
CENTAA said: “Not only will PDP appoint Igbo people and other non-indigenes as commissioners in its cabinet come 2019, Ndigbo will also get board membership as well as special adviser positions.
“APC will sweet-talk you, then use and dump you, as they have done to many people. Learn from your kinsman, Ben Akabueze, and uncountable individuals and groups whose trust these APC people have betrayed.”
Warning that Lagos APC would only end up disappointing non-indigenes, CENTAA noted that the Igbo commissioner slot was withdrawn by the APC government as punishment for massively voting PDP in the last polls.
Akabueze, a banker, was commissioner for economic planning and budget in Lagos from 2007 to 2015, after which he was dropped, with no Igbo man making the cabinet thereafter.
In addition, the statement reminded the Igbo that a notable monarch, who openly supported APC, had in 2015 threatened to drown Igbo people in the lagoon should they vote against his party.