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Ahead of next year’s general elections, Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma yesterday reassured the presidential candidate of his party, the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, that people in the South East are very prepared to vote for him during next year’s polls.
Uzodinma gave this surprising reassurance when he met with the support organisation of the former Lagos State governor over the weekend.
The support groyp is under the aegis of The Asiwaju Group which was set up to ensure victory for the APC in the next elections.
In a statement jointly signed by Dr Mustapha Abdullahi, AbdulRasak Danjuma, Ibrahim Onimisi and Muawiyah Muye, the group disclosed that the meeting was held to discuss logistics and strategy for the South-East region ahead of the September political campaign.
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While describing Tinubu as a good man who deserved to be encouraged to make things happen positively for the country, Abdullahi said TAG appreciates the value he brought into Nigerian politics after his reign as governor of Lagos.
He said, ‘He is one man that knows how to create wealth and believes in merit, if you have the competence he is looking for, he engages you, that is the kind of man Nigeria needs now.’
Reacting to his statement, Uzodinma praised the national spread and giant strides of TAG.
This is even as the governor volunteered his support for the TAG South East Executives to facilitate their grassroots mobilisation for Tinubu.
‘What we need in Nigeria is a good leader who is informed, and can harness and allocate the resources of the country equitably. I strongly believe that Tinubu is capable and the South East will give him maximum support.
‘Tinubu is one of the most detribalised Nigerians. We cannot continue to advocate for a president that is based on ethnicity. Tinubu has used his former opportunities to better a lot of Nigerians irrespective of their ethnic background, religion, gender or class.
‘Today, whether you like it or not, the party to beat is APC. I come from the southeast. From 1999 to 2015, we were promised the second Niger Bridge but nothing happened until 2015 when President Muhammadu Buhari committed to the Project.
‘It would be a thing of ingratitude for anybody to come from the South East region to talk about President Buhari or the APC neglecting the eastern bloc,’ he said.
Africa Daily News, New York reports that the rulling APC has always struggled to win elections in the South East zone.