President Muhammadu Buhari sidelined the South East in his policies and thus not enjoying their support, according to a former Health Minister ABC Nwosu.
Nwosu alleged that Buhari had secluded the region from the country’s security structure, hence their support for the candidature of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Atiku, a former Vice President, will be vying for the post with former Anambra State Governor Peter Obi as his running mate.
And Nwosu has lauded Atiku for picking Obi, describing the Okwute Ndigbo as a young and vibrant man.
“It is Atiku’s prerogative to choose a running mate and he did so,” Nwosu told Vanguard.
“I think that the declaration of Igbo leaders at Nike Lake Hotel on Wednesday 14th November 2018 is clear evidence that Ndigbo appreciates Atiku Abubakar and the PDP for assuaging the feelings of the people of the South East.
“The message from that one-day summit was loud and very clear. The simple truth nationally and internationally is that the choice of Mr. Peter Obi has been well received and generally Ndigbo are very unhappy at the way the APC government has completely excluded them especially in the security agencies in the past four years.
“Even Igbo ministers know this. So, the endorsement of Atiku/Obi by Ndigbo should come as no surprise to nobody especially given the 97 – 5 percent policy of this administration.”
He added that Obi “is young, he is knowledgeable, he is competent and he is humble. His achievements as two-term governor of Anambra State speak volumes of his competence and point to him as a round peg in a round hole for a country that is seeking to come out of recession; for a country that is seeking massive creation of jobs; for a government that badly needs prudence in government expenditure; for a government that wants to fight corruption effectively by plugging the expenditure leakages, etc.
“Peter Obi’s knowledge of the economy, business both big and small and management of public funds will serve this country well.”