By Sam Oditah/Umuahia
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun mentioned that President Muhammed Buhari was working onerous to rebuild the muse of Nigeria and in addition finish the present financial hardship.
Oyegun mentioned this on Tuesday at a mega rally organised by the Abia chapter of the celebration on the Umuahia Township Stadium, to welcome a number of defectors from different events to the APC.
Among the politicians who switched their celebration allegiance had been the previous governor of Abia, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, the previous Speaker of the Abia House of Assembly, Chief Martins Azubuike (PDP) (Isialangwa north constituency), former Deputy Gov. Chris Akomas (Progressive Peoples Alliance), former PDP governorship aspirant, Chief Uche Ogah, and retired Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Chief Azubuko Udah.
Others defectors had been 4 members of the state home of meeting, specifically Chief Ikedi Ezekwesiri (APGA) (Umunneochi constituency), Minority Leader, Chief Solomon Okogbuo (APGA) (Bende south constituency) and Chief Theophelus Ugboajah (APGA) (Ikwuano constituency).
Oyegun who expressed pleasure over the calibre of defectors into APC in Abia, notably the previous Abia governor, Chief Kalu, hoped that the celebration would take over the state in 2019.
He charged the defectors to courageous the problem to ship the state to APC, saying that he would maintain them accountable in the course of the election.
Oyegun additionally instructed the rally concerning the efforts President Muhammadu Buhari to make the Nigerian financial system higher.
“There is no question we have some hardship in the land but every minute Buhari is working to rebuild the foundation of Nigeria,” Oyegun mentioned.
He reeled out among the foundational initiatives being executed by the Buhari administration to place the nation on the trail of financial restoration and sustainable growth.
According to him, Nigeria stays one of many few nations on the planet that doesn’t have a purposeful rail system.
“Until we have a functional railway, we cannot develop,” Oyegun mentioned, and counseled the current administration for establishing normal rail line from one finish of the nation to a different.
He additional mentioned that the administration had made a quantum leap on energy technology, saying that with the present 7000 megawatts, the nation would quickly start to get pleasure from secure energy.
On agriculture, the APC nationwide chairman expressed delight that Nigeria had turn into self-sufficient in rice manufacturing on account of Federal Government’s pragmatic coverage on rice.
“So the message I am giving you is that the bad days are coming to an end. The good days are beginning by the end of this year,” he mentioned.
He mentioned that the president was firm and unshakeable in his dedication to rework the nation, the name-callings and disbelief, however.
Gov. Rochas Okorocha of Imo urged Southeast Nigerians to keep away from taking part in “primitive, regional and clanish politics,” saying that it could do them no good.
Okorocha, who mentioned that Ndigbo performed “bad politics” in 2015, urged them to go for nationwide politics.
The National Vice Chairman of the celebration, Chief Emmanuel Enukwu, mentioned that the celebration within the South east had endorsed Buhari to run for second tenure.
Other audio system, together with the National Organising Secretary, Sen. Osita Izunaso, National Auditor of the celebration, Chief George Muoghalu, and former Gov. Sullivan Chime of Enugu state, urged all of the Southeast states to maneuver into APC and assist Buhari’s second time period.
They expressed confidence that Buhari’s re-emergence in 2019 held big prospect for the emergence of the nation’s president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
In his speech, Chief Orji Kalu promised “to put everything I have to bring Abia to APC,” saying that the state wanted “to be liberated from bondage.”
He mentioned that though the celebration recorded lower than six per cent votes in 2015 in Abia, he would work onerous to beef up the determine to 75 per cent in 2019.
He mentioned that the celebration would deploy “federal might” to withstand thuggery and any try to rig APC out in the course of the 2019 polls.
In an handle of welcome, the state chairman of the celebration, Chief Donatus Nwankpa, expressed pleasure over the meteoric rise and growth of the celebration in Abia.
Nwankpa lauded the president for “his landmark achievements,” and taking Nigeria out of recession to financial transformation.
He mentioned that Buhari had carried out credibly within the South east, citing the reconstruction of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Enugu-Onitsha Expressway and the second Niger Bridge, as cases.
He nonetheless referred to as for extra federal presence in Abia and the appointment of individuals from the world into strategic positions.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that each one the audio system had been unanimous that the APC authorities had executed extra initiatives within the Southeast in its two-and-a-half years than what was accomplished within the space prior to now 16 years earlier than it assumed energy on the centre.
In an affirmative voice vote, the mammoth crowd that attended the rally chorused their pledge to assist the re-election of Buhari in 2019.