A Board of Trustees, BoT, member of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Prince Benjamin Apugo, has dumped his party’s flagbearer Bola Tinubu, declaring support for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
The popular APC chieftain, who addressed newsmen yesterday in his Ibeku Umuahia country home, said Obi’s integrity, competence and proven track record of achievements places him ahead of other contenders of the seat.
He also solicited support for the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Dr Alex Otti, saying he has the capital to rebuild Abia.
Prince Apugo debunked media reports that he had endorsed the Abia APC governorship candidate, High Chief Ikechi Emenike, dismissing the report as misleading.
Apugo accused the APC-led Federal Government of neglecting Abia State and Ndigbo, saying there is no federal presence in the state.
The APC chieftain blasted the Igbo political elite for attacking Obi, labelling them myopic and self-centred saboteurs.
He asked Igbo voters not to be discouraged because of the unpatriotic activities of such elements who he said could rarely visit their communities.
According to him, Obi’s presidential ambition and candidature have brought respect and honour to the Igbo race.
He added that this would be the first time Nigerians from different ethnic, religious and political backgrounds would be rallying behind a presidential candidate of South East extraction.
Apugo said he is optimistic that the forthcoming polls would give birth to a new Nigeria, where merit and competence would count.