2019: Group accuses Ayogu Eze of sabotaging Buhari's re-election bid

By Editor on 26/11/2018

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Senator Ayogu Eze
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A group campaigning for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari,  Zikist-Buharist Movement (ZBM), has dismissed the statement by the All Progressives Congress (APC) gubernatorial candidate in Enugu State, Senator Ayogu Eze, that the South East Governors visit to the President, was fake.

The group, an offshoot of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO) South East, also called on Ayogu Eze not to halt the new Buhari momentum in the South East region, in a bid to realize his own governorship ambition.

Senator Ayogu Eze had while commissioning his campaign office in Enugu last Friday, asked Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, the Chief Guest of Honour to tell President Buhari that the South East Governors who visited him at the Aso Villa last Wednesday, were fake and should not be listened to.

“Nobody should crawl to Abuja and promise you 25%. Don’t listen to them. You already have 90% of votes here” Senator Ayogu Eze said.

But reacting on Sunday via a press statement, Acting Secretary of ZBM, Godwin Onwusi, urged the Enugu State APC governorship candidate to candidly emulate the pragmatism of the great Zik of Africa.

According to Onwusi, all hands must be on deck, irrespective of party affiliations, to deliver President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 presidential election.

The statement reads in part, “We of the ZBM welcome all hands on the deck and accordingly, salute the South East Governors, Igboezue Cultural Group, UPP, Senator Ekweremadu, Chiefs Chekwas Okorie, Emeka Okwuosa and all eminent Igbo sons and daughters who join us in mobilising and scaling up Buhari’s vote in the region for 2019 presidential election.”

“The new Buhari’s momentum, in the South East region we are convinced will reinforce our quest for Nigeria president of Igbo extraction in 2023 and encourage Mr President to invest more in critical infrastructure in the South East region. It’s not wise to put all our eggs in one basket,” he said.

Asked whether ZBM doubts the 90 percent which Senator Eze promised Buhari, Barister Onwusi said, “No, but we are Zikists, we are pragmatic and reasonable, the 2019 presidential election may not be easy. So we salute the South East Governors and Igbo patriots for being pragmatic in choosing between two Fulani Muslim brothers, the one whose integrity is higher and the one with home base, hence rising above partisan interest, and putting the interest of our constituents for 2023 on the front burner, plus giving premium to the industrialisation of the region.”

ZBM noted that the South East Governors to showcase their genuineness, thanked Mr. President on behalf of South East for the award of the Second Niger Bridge to Julius Berger at the sum of N206 billion and acknowledged that N7 billion had been paid as mobilization, even as they appealed to Mr. President to pay 50 percent of the sum enbloc.

ZBM equally noted that the South East Governors asked Mr. President to secure the other 50 percent as bond so that they could sleep with our two eyes closed and be assured that the job would not be abandoned, even as they asked that the construction period be reduced from 42 months to 24 months, which they made clear to Julius Berger that it was achievable.

The group further quoted the South East Governors: “We are also asking for an economic free trade zone in Enyimba, in Abia, which he promised to come and commission it as the license has been approved. We also thanked him for that economic free trade zone.”

“And then, we talked about the Enugu international airport. We asked him to deploy the cargo section of the airport, complete the building, extend the runway and also, rebuild the runway because it is very bumpy and the tarmac light is not functioning. We also thanked him for the roads and we reminded him that the slow pace of work was attributed to the rains, now that the rains are gone the contractors are complaining of no funding. So we requested that he should do something about the funding.

“Of course we talked about the geometric power plant in Aba; we urged him to assist in resolving whatever the issues are so that power will be deployed to the industrial clusters in Aba and environs.”

Consequently, the ZBM called for all hands to be on deck and the emulation of the great Zik’s North-East-Alliance, and therefore nobody no matter his ambition or interest should nether wittingly or unwittingly play politics with their dream of returning Buhari in 2019 or halting the new Buhari’s momentum in Igbo land.

Posted 26/11/2018 06:11:23 AM

 

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