The All Progressives Congress in the South East on Sunday faulted the endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office by some notable South-East leaders.
The APC, in a statement by its South East zonal spokesman, Mr. Osita Okechukwu, was reacting to the endorsement of President Jonathan as ‘Igbo candidate’ by some South East Peoples Democratic Party leaders under the platform of Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, at a rally in Awka, Anambra State, on Saturday.
The party said it was not opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan running for re-election in 2015, as he has the constitutional right to contest, but labelled it an approach aimed at subjecting Igbos to perpetual beggarly status.
The APC said, “while it was not opposed to the inalienable and constitutional right of Jonathan to contest,” it was however opposed to what it described as the “the scant strategy adopted by “Ndigbo-Chop-Sand-Band” of politicians who crave to put all our eggs in one basket, foreclose the chances of president of Igbo extraction and subject the hard working and enterprising Igbos to perpetual beggarly status. [eap_ad_1] “They over stretch the stereo-type of Ndigbo Chopping-Sand since after the Civil War, therefore Jonathan’s victory will compel our contemporaries, the Yorubas and the Hausas to join in Chopping Sand.
“Ndigbo-Chop-Sand-Band drummers are not interested whether President Jonathan performed or not, whether he honoured the promises he made to Ndigbo during the 2011 electioneering campaign nor whether his presidential slot impedes on the chances of our producing a president of Igbo extraction in the nearest future.
“Otherwise, how come that up to date there is no Environmental Impact Assessment, no private sector counterpart funding, only N30bn Sure-P-Fund taxed from the people and most importantly, why the second Niger Bridge is not captured in the federal budget, since according the drummers Jonathan so loves Ndigbo?
“The Chop-Sand-Band thinks that Ndigbo’s memory is so short to forget that it was His Royal Majesty, the Obi of Onitsha, Agbogidi, Igwe Alfred Nnaemaka Achebe, who in February this year, woke our dear president from deep slumber over the promise he made on the second Niger Bridge; upon which fire service approach of Public, Private Partnership was enacted”.
“Or is it not amusing that Professor Chinedu Nebo, Minister of Power, one of the drummers, who talked of Grand Expectation Journey, couldn’t tell Ndigbo why the coal project has not taken off-ground and what happened to N927m, N1.7bn and N1.1bn budgeted for the study survey of Enugu and Gombe Coal in 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively?
“The revamping of coal was one of our Grand Expectation Journey, premised on the promise made by Jonathan at South East PDP Zonal rally during the 2011 electioneering campaign, yet he so loves Ndigbo.
“In sum, our fear is that the core ingredient of election, which is a referendum on the performance of the incumbent may not prevail as the Chop-Sand-Band are constructing a scenario where President Jonathan, like in 2011, would be allocated millions of votes in the South East, without commensurate performance”, the statement added.