2019 GENERAL ELECTIONS: IGBO GROUP THROWS WEIGHT BEHIND ATIKU, VOWS TO GIVE HIM BLOCK VOTES FROM THE PEOPLE.
Chinwe Ugele, Umuahia
An Igbo group, Eastern People’s Front has declared its total support for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party in the 2019 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
The group which has members from all the states in the south east, has the aim of assessing all candidates vying for electoral positions especially at the national level with a view to selecting only those that have human oriented manifestos.
They believe there is need for the zone to speak with one voice on issues as this.
The group has the capacity to choose from any political party who to support as long as such a person will protect the interest of the people and not push them aside like foreigners in their own land.
The national coordinator of the group, Chief ken Emechebe, said even though he is of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), he will rather vote for Atiku whose plan takes care of Igbo interest especially and the entire country in general.
According to him, he made a wrong decision by joining the APC in 2015, saying he did not know he was going from “frying pan to fire”, and blamed it on ex-president Goodluck Jonathan who failed to restructure the country after the national conference.
Chief Emechebe who was a federal law maker informed the gathering in Umuahia that contrary to the claims by some people that the south east has the least registered voters in Nigeria, there are about 26.7 million registered Igbo voters across the country out of the 81.4 million registered Nigerian voters.
He said with this number, the Igbos can outvote anyone once they take a stand, and encouraged all those yet to pick their voter’s cards to ensure they collect their PVC’s to be able to vote in 2019.