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2019: Igbo group plans one-million-man march for Buhari

By Anayo Okoli.
UMUAHIA-THE World Igbo Youth Congress, WIYC, said they would embark on one-million-man march to Aso Rock this month to show support for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

RECEPTION: From left: Mr. Okezie Ikpeazu, Abia State Governor; Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs; Mr. David Umahi, Ebonyi State Governor; Mr. Okechukwu Enelamah, Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment; President Muhammadu Buhari, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology and Dr. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, during a reception for President Buhari at the PA Ngele Oruta Township Stadium, Abakaliki, during his visit to Ebonyi State, yesterday.

The WIYC, howevered vowed to stop the re-election of Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State in 2019, saying that he has continued to suffer workers and pensioners of the State by owing them months of arrears of their entitlements.

The group in a statement signed by its National Publicitity Officer, Mazi Alex Okemiri, said “after consultation with Igbo Youth stakeholders, we decided to march to Aso Rock and demand that President Buhari should run for second tenure.

“We will support Buhari with bloc votes from the South-East. Even majority of members of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo have given us their support that President Buhari is more credible than agents of restructuring and that President Buhari has only 4 years to hand over to an Igbo Man in 2023.

“Ndigbo will support Buhari if he rehabilitates all roads in South-East, and support SME businesses. The World Igbo Youth Council will consider President Buhari over other Northerners for Presidency in 2019”.

The group however scored Abia State Governor, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu poor, saying that the “World Igbo Youth Council will officially present an award to the Governor as the face of bad governance and worst Governor on December 10, 2017, in Umuahia”, vowing that no intimidation would stop them from presenting the award.

The youth group listed Ikpeazu’s sins to include: “non-payment of workers’ salaries and pension; his made in Aba products promotion campaign is a fraud”.

“He (allegedly) uses the campaign of made in Aba products to establish a secret company in China, and uses the scheme to (allegedly) launder funds through his aides, and that is why he has no control over some of his Ngwa aides, especially those from Obingwa.

“His Obingwa aides are richer than Abia State and will be dragged to the EFCC by January, to know how they acquired over half of the choices properties in Aba and Umuahia.

“Ikpeazu has collapsed all the infrastructure in Abia, without constructing any major road in Abia, rather he is hiding under the Governors’ forum to demand for Federal Government intervention in federal roads in Abia.

“Ikpeazu has been caged by his beer parlour Ngwa aides, and when he loses election, Obingwa people will stone him, he should emulate Mugabe and resign and hand over to his Deputy”, the group said.

WIYC, said on the strength of its position, it was in total agreement of former Governor Orji Uzor Kalu’s view that “Ikpeazu will be the first Abia sitting Governor.


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