APC presidential primaries: Why South East Aspirants Performed Woefully – Umahi
Dave Umahi, governor of Ebonyi, has blamed some Nigerians of South East extraction of sacrificing the interest and greater good of the zone for pecuniary gains.
This is as the governor bemoans the attitude of the delegates from the geopolitical in the just concluded presidential primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Bola Tinubu, former Lagos governor, was declared winner of the primary on Wednesday after he secured 1,271 votes.
Tinubu had contested against 13 other presidential hopefuls — including Umahi, who polled 38 votes.
Speaking on Saturday at his hometown, Uburu, Umahi pointed accusing fingers at the delegates from south east for zone’s awful performance at primary election.
He spoke at the maiden matriculation ceremony of the King David University of Medical Sciences.
Umahi said the aspirants were at receiving end of the delegates’ greed and avarice, noting that delegates from the south-east “traded their votes” during the presidential primary.
The governor said his focus henceforth would be on Ebonyi and not on the Igbo in general.
“I had a series of meetings with the party’s chairmen in the five states of the zone in the company of its national vice-chairman. I implored the delegates that the issue was not about me, but the mood of the Igbo in the nation. I implored that they should vote for any south-east aspirant, so that when the votes are counted, we would not be missing,” NAN quoted him as saying.
“We would have made a strong statement in the process that the Igbo are eminently qualified with due capacity to lead the country.
“They will come later to preach about Igbo unity and its agenda but henceforth, the only agenda I know is the Ebonyi agenda. This shows that even if we have equal number of local government areas and delegates such as other zones, we would still trade our votes.
“We are currently regarded as people who can sell anything but they should remember that anyone who betrays his brother will lose the trust of those who gained from the betrayal.
“There was no sort of lobbying I did not receive, but I maintained that it was about bringing the marginalisation of the Igbo to the fore.
“You (Ebonyi delegates) have made yourselves reference points of steadfastness in the country and when people are seeking trustworthy people, they will come for you.
“I have lost total confidence in the leadership of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-cultural organisation, and will openly confront anyone who challenges the Ebonyi agenda.”
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