By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – Despite the wave of backlash that attended his recent statement on the Igbo presidency project, National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has restated his position that the APC is the only party that provides the “clearest path” for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction.
“The clearest path to national leadership for the Igbo nation is in APC. Anambra is a key state, Anambra is a gateway state. Anambra is a state of very intelligent and industrious people. Anambra is one of the greatest trading groups of people in the entire face of the earth. Anambra deserves a firm seat at the centre”, he declared.
He spoke Friday in Onitsha during the flag-off of the APC Anambra governorship campaign.
According to Odigie-Oyegun; “There is no alternative, we want the Igbo nation present when decisions are being made and a good start is winning the Anambra governorship election. The Igbo nation must take its proper place in Abuja when decisions are being made. It is important.One leg of the tripod is missing from the federal government…”
As for the November 18 governorship election, the APC chairman called on the Anambra electorate to vote for the party’s candidate, Dr. Tony Nwoye, saying that would be a fitting present to President Muhammadu Buhari.
“You know our good president; a quiet man, a man of law and order has been through a tough, challenging experience. We want to give him a present. What better present can you give him unless you elect the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Tony Nwoye as the next governor of Anambra State?”
According to him, the Anambra governorship election will test the seriousness of the clamour by Nigerian youth for the leadership of the country.
Odigie-Oyegun said since the APC successfully defeated an incumbent at the national level in 2015, the Anambra governorship will not be an exception.
“We have done it before. Did we not remove a sitting federal administration? This is an election that will decide whether the youths of this county are serious when they say we should handover.”
The flag-off rally was attended by the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, several APC governors, members of the APC National Working Committee NWC, senior party chieftains, cabinet members and other top government appointees.