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For Ndigbo to get the presidency come 2023, they must work for it because power is not given but worked for.

National Vice Chairman, South East, All Progressives Congress, APC, Hon. Emma Eneukwu dropped this hint Thursday in Enugu during the zonal caucus meeting of the party to strategise on how the party would win majority vote for the zone especially during the forthcoming presidential election.

Eneukwu said that for South East to have a shot at the presidency, come 2023, they must work hard for it” because is not given but worked for.

“We cannot get 2023 presidency unless we work hard for it. Power is not given to someone in his bedroom, you have to work for it,” he said.

The party chieftain said that this time around, Ndigbo have to disappoint Nigerians who think that Ndigbo cannot come together and are always in disarray by agreeing to agree, come together and vote for APC this time around.

He regretted that during the last presidential election, APC presidential candidate, President Buhari got only 198,000 votes and pleaded that this time around, Ndigbo should vote for Buhari enmasse.

“If we come together, we can get 3,000, 000 votes for Buhari . We have to move as a bloc.

“We are going to vote massively and we are going to be part of the mainstream politics,” he said.

Eneukwu said that the primaries are over and that the crisis that rose as a result of the primaries should be put behind so that the party will forge ahead and win elections.

He advised those who could not bury the hatchet to leave the party instead staying put and cause confusion in the party.

His words, “If you are in a party and you don’t like the party, please leave the party instead of staying on and cause confusion.

“We shall make APC proud and the president proud. We shall deliver our candidates,” he said.

Speaking earlier, the Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, said that it was a fallacy to say that Ndigbo cannot come together to achieve a common goal.

He said that it was Ndigbo that taught other Nigerians to be united by forming the Igbo nation before the Civil War.

“Others say that Igbos cannot come together but it is not true. I remember the days of the Igbo nation and they were able to bring Igbos together. What we do in this election will determine how well shall move to the political mainstream in Nigeria,” he said.

Onu said that it is not true that Buhari hates Ndigbo as some erroneously believe saying that Buhari once chose Chuba Okadigbo and Edwin Umezuoke respectively at a time to be his running mate.

He said that Buhari completed the house where Zik was buried and is working assiduously for the completion of the second Niger Bridge.

Onu also said that from the look of things, Buhari looks good to win the 2019 because the North are solidly behind him as well as the South West and wondered why Ndigbo will not key into the political centre stage but opt for opposition.

“Buhari stands tops among the presidential candidates. The North in the 19 states prefer Buhari. All the South West States are controlled by APC. If you put the North and South West together, Buhari is as good as winning the presidency.

” The South South have decided to go back to where they belonged, so why should we put ourselves in the minority. Igbos are part of the tripod,” he queried and urged Ndigbo to vote massively for Buhari, the national assembly candidates as well as the governors if Ndigbo must relaunch into Nigerian politics.

Speaking on behalf of the state party chairmen of APC in the zone, the Imo State APC chairman, Marcel Lemigbo who said he shelved his presidential ambition for Buhari said that should Ndigbo vote massively for Buhari and he wins, it will be a lot easier for other candidates of the party to win.

Governorship candidates from the zone such as Ayogu Eze of Enugu State, National Assembly candidates like Eugene Odo, former speaker of Enugu State attended the caucus meeting among others.

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