The defeated Imo State All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant, Uche Nwosu has rubbished the endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar by Igbo leaders, claiming that the South East is “a no-go area for Atiku.”
Mr. Nwosu said this when he spoke to newsmen in Owerri on Friday, adding that people in the South East will vote against former vice president Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential elections.”
Despite being disgruntled over the outcome of the Imo APC governorship primary, Nwosu stated that it will not affect the support of APC members for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The son-in-law to governor Rochas Okorocha admiited that “the majority” of APC members were unhappy with the National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, over the alleged manner with which he handled the party primaries across the zone, but said that their support for Buhari’s remains intact.
On the endorsement of Atiku by Igbo leaders, he boasted that the APC would not lose sleep over such, describing the endorsement as “a ploy to create erroneous impression that the Igbo would vote the PDP.”
Nwosu said, “We are not losing sleep over the recent endorsement of Atiku by some Igbo leaders.
“The action will not change the reality on ground. The Southeast will deliver Buhari in 2019 because it is our best option.
“We cannot be distracted with the PDP’s Greek gift of Vice President. Our focus as a people should be Igbo presidency in 2023.
“One important question we should be asking ourselves as Ndigbo is, what did we benefit from the PDP for the 16 years it was in power to warrant the endorsement of its candidate, as against what we have recorded within the three years that President Buhari is in power?
“Most of the political decisions of some of our leaders are self-serving and not in the overall interest of the Igbo; but this time, we are committed to pursuing the best political option for the Igbo, which is supporting President Buhari’s second term.
“The fact that the majority of our party members are not happy with the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, over the manner he handled the party primaries across the zone, does not affect our support for President Buhari.
“In fact, it is beyond personal considerations. It is about the interest of Ndigbo and we will deliver President Buhari in 2019.
“The support for President Buhari is borne out of his unequaled integrity and uprightness, which is what the country needs most now.”
Mr. Nwosu is still contesting the outcome of the Imo State governorshio primary, despite the fact that APC leadership has forwarded the name of Senator Hope Uzodinma as its authentic candidate for the 2019 Imo State gubernatorial election.