Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has said President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 elections without Igbo votes.
Okorocha also blasted Igbos for playing politics like traders and not doing “real politics” like other tribes in Nigeria.
The governor said this on Wednesday at the zonal rallies of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for Okigwe and Owerri zones.
According to him, “Some people, especially our brothers, are campaigning now against President Buhari, saying he is Boko Haram and a herdsman.
“You can remember in 2015, I was telling the Igbo, to cast their votes for Buhari because he would win with or without the votes of the Igbo.”
He lamented that he “was called all sorts of derogatory names. Some said I was going to Islamise the whole Igbo. Is Igbo land Islamised today?
“Igbo, today, are playing politics with the mindset of traders, thinking only of the immediate benefits, unlike other tribes that are playing real politics.
“My people, listen to me and listen real good, whatever I tell you to do, do it as it will profit us. I’m telling you, today, that Buhari will win.
“On Saturday, if the Igbo support Buhari and he wins, in 2023, Igbo will have the right to demand Igbo presidency.
In addition, he noted that”Those who love Igbo nation must vote for President Buhari, because if we miss this chance, we may not get the presidency even by 2023, 2027 or 2031.
“The time is right for the Igbo nation to play the right politics, so as to have a clear chance by 2023.
On the governorship election in the state, he said: “Conscience in Igbo is ‘mee uche gi,’ which translates to voting for Uche Nwosu.
“Nwosu is the only credible person among all those vying for the position. He has no dent or skeleton in his cupboard.
“His only sin is that he came from a poor background and by the grace of God married my daughter.
“Today, Action Alliance (AA) and APC have joined to form what is called perfect alliance.”