A former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, Wednesday said the victory of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, will resolve political agitations in the southeastern part of the country.
Ihedioha stated this during a town hall meeting organised by PDP youths with the theme ‘Youths and students as catalysts for PDP’s 2023 general election’ in Abuja.
Speaking on the issues compounding Imo State, Ihedioha enjoined the youths not to “make mistakes” in voting another party that will compound their woes.
He said, “For us ordinarily, Imo is a PDP State, but we have been blown by a wave and that’s why we have to work harder . It doesn’t come easy. South East has invested tremendously in national development, we’re very industrious, we have done so much to advance the country’s technology but what we’re getting is not commensurate to it.
“That’s why there is fatigue, anger in the land. The current administration has been a curse to the nation, but the dark days must soon be over, we must not work in anger, our faculty must be intact. It’s important we come out of the misery but we’re going to be very careful,” Ihedioha said.
He also added, “We must work in tandem with the national, we have to win 25 per cent across the states plus FCT and we believe it’s tilting to the one that will unify the country once again, that’s why everybody from West, East, North should vote for Atiku Abubakar, it has become necessary to bring in the man that understands the country.”
Earlier in his speech, the Deputy Director, Youth Mobilisation for Atiku Presidential Campaign Council, Chinonso Obasi, noted that only Atiku would implement all the recommendations beneficiary to the South-East as proposed by the 2014 national conference.
Obasi said, “The recommendations of the conference if implemented would have benefitted the Igbo, it proposed for extra states, it is only here we have five states others have six and seven, but Atiku has promised to implement it for us if he becomes president.
“The conference also recommended that the South-East, as a result of the civil war, would be reconstructed, rebuilt, but that has not happened, he would implement it for us, again for Nigerian students, they will have access to loan as recommended in the confab. He has set aside $10 billion for youth employment, all these the youth will benefit by voting for him on Saturday,” Obasi said.
The PUNCH reports that the 2014 national conference was inaugurated by former President Goodluck Jonathan on March 17, 2014, in Abuja.
The conference, which had about 492 cross-section of Nigerians including the professional bodies, was headed by retired Chief Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi and focused on challenging issues of the Nigerian state.