A former member of the House of Representatives and a Chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Greg Egu, has described as unfounded and baseless report that there is anxiety in the Southeast over the six years action plan of the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Egu in a statement made available to The Nation, said that the Igbo are not worried about Atiku’s plan but are concerned with enthroning a leadership that will restore their pride of place in Nigeria.
According to the statement, “Nothing can be more fallacious than this. In the first place, the issue of whether Atiku Abubakar will stay beyond 2023 is not the immediate concern of the people of the zone.
Their focus at the moment is the emergence ofAtilu as the next President of Nigeria come May 29, in fulfillment of their quest for a leadership that will fully restore their pride of place in Nigeria’s corporate landscape”.
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It added that, “Of course, the zone has its expectations, fears and aspirations but these are not subject to jaundiced speculations.
The support of the Southeast and its people for Atiku is total and unconditional but they have absolute confidence that he will do nothing to hurt them politically”.
The statement continued that, “perhaps more important, the people of the Southeast are knowledgeable and sophisticated enough to understand that the universal norm today is strategic economic planning that may transcend tenure limits since government is a continuum.
In any case, that Atiku plan stretches into 2025 or so can only be meaningfully interpreted to mean that it is another way of saying the next administration after him, no matter who or which zone takes over, will continue from where he stops.
Can there be any better offer or optimism for a country than that?
“I call on our brethren in the Southeast to ignore these types of distractions and remain focused in partnering with the rest of our compatriots across the country in the collective quest for a new and purposeful administration that our national vision for total political and economic emancipation