The Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina has revealed some admirers of his principal from the South-East Region of Nigeria.
According to the aide, getting a low voter turnout in the South-East in the previous election does not imply that President Buhari is hated by the Igbo people, noting that there a people in the region ready to go thick and thin with him.
He stated that despite getting a low number of votes from the region in both the 2015 and 2019 general elections, the president has remained fair to all Nigerians without reserving special interest to any. Adesina noted that Buhari is guided by what is right and fair in his dealings and that this has earned him much love from some renowned individuals in the south-east.
He said, “Despite the sparse number of votes in the South East in 2015 and 2019 elections, would we be right to say the entire region is arrayed against the President? Not so,”
“After the 2015 election was won, I remember a piece I wrote in Daily Sun Newspaper, under the headline, ‘Igbo Heroes of Change.’ I mentioned people who contributed significantly to the Buhari victory like Chief Ralph Obiora, Dr Chris Ngige, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, Hon Juventus Ojukwu, Osita Okechukwu, and many others.”
He went further to name some of the prominent people in the region that despite naysayers will remain strong and firm behind President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Also today, we have great admirers of the President from the South East, and some of them will stand by him through thick and thin. I am talking of people like Joe Igbokwe, Dr Uche Diala, Peter Claver Oparah, Emeka Oparah, Dr Kelechi Nwagwu, Zara Gift Oyinye, Jewel Ifunaya Chika, Dr Emmanuel Nwusulor, Anozie Emeka, Abuchi Anueyiagu, Egondu Okorie, and uncountable others, which space won’t permit me to mention,” Adesina revealed.
He added, “for President Buhari, when he does anything in any part of the country, he does it because it’s the right and fair thing to do. Most of the 69 projects going on in the South-East had been awarded before 2015. But they were never funded. The President reversed the trend, and most of them are proceeding apace, and will be legacies by the time the man exits from office.”
The aide also in his submission praised Arthur Eze, a renowned philanthropist in the south-east, who according to him said “the president is a man of the moment for the Igbo and the entire south-east”.
In another news, the National Vice Chairman, (Southeast) of the Peoples Democratic Party, Austin Umahi, has rejected the plan to zone the presidential ticket of the party in 2023 to the North.