By Tony Edike
ENUGU – A chieftain of Action Congress of Nigeria ACN and yet to be registered All Progressive Congress APC, in Enugu state, Dr. Ben Nwoye, yesterday, faulted the blanket endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan for the second tern describing the act as shameful and unfortunate and warned Igbo politicians to stop taking the Igbos for a ride.
Some Igbo politicians from South East states led by former Minister of Health, Chief Silas Ilo, had at the weekend met in Enugu under the aegis of “Rebuild Nigeria Initiative project 1”, and resolved to throw their full weight behind president Jonathan’s second term in office.
Ilo, who is the group’s caucus chairman in South East zone, explained that they resolved to back Jonathan based on his numerous achievements as contained in his mid-term report released recently.
But reacting to the decision in a chat with newsmen in Enugu, Dr. Nwoye, a human Rights activist and lawyer, regretted that personalities as the former Minister of Health and one time Military Administrator of Imo state, Commodore Anthony Ogugua could involve themselves in such a group.
According to him, it is quite unfortunate that those who supposed to be leaders in Igboland are the ones misleading the people just because of their personal and selfish interest.
Dr. Nwoye, who was the Enugu East senatorial candidate of ACN in 2011, also wondered why any right thinking fellow or group should be drumming support for a “president who has nothing to offer, even if given another chance.”
While warning Igbo leaders especially PDP politicians to stop taking the Igbo nation for a ride, he enjoined Ndigbo and Nigerians to embrace APC, saying it remained the only alternative political platform that has all it takes to rescue the nation from its present political and economic woes occasioned by PDP’s bad governance.
Nwoye said that the Igbo race and Nigeria have brighter future in APC rather than the ruling PDP, which, he noted, had done more harm than good to the nation since it took over mantle of leadership in the country in 1999.
“The Jonathan PDP led government is a failed government and that is why we are calling on Nigerians especially the Igbos to embrace APC because if registered, APC would provide them the platform to run for any political office as well as wipe away their age-long tears.
He, however, insisted that since the PDP has failed the nation in all ramification, there is need for all progressives and like minds to come together and join hands with APC in sending the ruling party packing come 2015.