Former president general of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Dr Dozie Ikedife yesterday explained rationale behind Igbo leaders’ visits to president-elect, General Muhammadu Buhari, in Abuja.
Ikedife disclosed that they made a case for Ndigbo in the in-coming APC-led federal government.
This he said was to ensure Ndigbo were not abandoned for not giving massive support like the South-West to General Muhammadu Buhari at the just concluded presidential election.
Speaking at his Nnewi residence yesterday, Ikedife said they appealed to General Buhari not to leave the Igbo in the cold in his appointments and infrastructural development because of the low support he received from the South-East geo-political zone during the presidential election.
“We have people who are capable, qualified and hardworking, as well as technocrats who can work with him in Igbo land. We have people like the former governor of Abia State, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, very brilliant and very respectful. We have Oscar Udoji and other people of high integrity and dedicated politicians like Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige. And there are people who worked tirelessly for the APC to win in the South-East, people who did not vie for any elective position, no matter the low number of votes they attracted because of the overwhelming South-East support for the PDP. It is important that these people should be accommodated.”
He noted that it was a known fact that the National Executive Council, NEC, of the APC had done its zoning as to who got what, the Igbo, he insisted, should be well accommodated and not to be left to pick the crumbs.
Dr Ikedife explained that personally, he was too old to be given any strenuous appointment and that he could only play on the win. He said all was to protect the interest of the Igbo as an Igbo leader.
On General Buhari’s reaction to their request, he said the president-elect was friendly and appreciated the visit but did not say outright that he was going to grant the request or not “since we did not sign any contract with him.”
He said General Buhari listened to them carefully and that the team was of the hope that in fullness of time he would react positively, so that the Igbo would be carried along in the scheme of things.

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