By Anayo Okoli
Umuahia – A FOUNDING father of the ruling PDP and an elder statesman from Abia State, Prince Benjamin Apugo, has said the zoning arrangement enshrined in the party’s constitution remained the best and only way Ndigbo would actualize the ambition of producing a Nigerian President in 2015.
Apugo also said it was the same zoning arrangement of the party that would ensure that Ndigbo remained relevant in the socio-political affairs of the country.
Prince Apugo, who spoke when Abia State governorship candidate for Action Congress of Nigeria, CAN, Prince Paul Ikonne, paid him a courtesy visit in his country home at Nkata Ibeku, Umuahia, to seek his blessing, urged Ndigbo to support whoever the North eventually decided to present as its presidential candidate for the April elections.
According to him, the aim of the zoning arrangement was to give equal opportunity to all sections of the country to become president in turn.
He lamented that it was not honoured by the present leadership of PDP.
On the visit of the ACN candidate, Apugo noted that what Abia State needed now was a focused and transparent people-oriented leadership that would address the developmental challenges now facing the state.
He advised the ACN candidate to intensify his campaign and ensure that it was issue-based to educate the masses on his manifesto and his plans to actualize them.
Earlier in his remark, Ikonne explained that he was in the race to render selfless service which will be anchored on honesty to Abia people so as to guarantee the future of the state and its citizens.
Ikonne further explained that an ACN government in state would ensure the provision of basic amenities, free education and health services as well as tackle the infrastructural problems of the state.