The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma, has said the APC has a better chance in the coming presidential election.
He started this during his appearance on Channels Television. According to the governor, the PDP has no matching candidate that the APC cannot defeat.
“Today, whether you like it or not, the party to beat remains the APC. I come from the Southeast, and since after the civil war, the only gateway out of the Southeast and entire Eastern Nigeria was the old Niger bridge. Government after the government came, made promises and paid lip service to those promises. From 1979 to 1983 (2nd Republic), we were promised the 2nd Niger bridge. From 1999 to 2007, we were promised the same Niger bridge not until 2015 when PMB came, and as I speak, over N300Bn has been put into that project. Only last week, I saw on the TV the Chief of Staff to Mr. President, Minister of Works, Minister of Labour and Productivity, inspecting the joining of the bridge billed for commissioning within the next three months.
“It will be gross ingratitude for anybody to come from that region to talk of PMB neglecting the whole eastern region.”
“The truth of the matter is that they were in office for 16 years. Try to compare that 16 years side by side with the seven years plus APC has been in power. I am a deductive analyst, and if anything has driven me to stick to the APC, it is because of the consistency and integrity of the driver of that vehicle – President Buhari. He is sincere, means well for Nigerians, and is honest. Let somebody point to anywhere he has engaged in one corrupt practice or the other”, he said.
Uzodinma, who responded to other challenges the country is facing, said, “As Christians, we go to church, we kneel to pray every day to God, and all the prayers we make do not get answered at the same time. The fact that some issues have not been tackled today does not mean it will not be done tomorrow. All I am saying is that the circumstances of this time, even worldwide, from the insecurity, terrorism, insurgency, and so on are unimaginable. From 2015 till date, Nigeria has never witnessed this level of insecurity, political antagonism, hostility, and instigations”.
Speaking on his perception of zoning the party’s presidential ticket to the southeast, Uzodinma noted that the zone wants the Presidency. Still, the party he said has to give its ticket to someone capable of winning elections.
He added that the party would go for a Pan-Nigerian who has the sense of equity-driven by justice.
“You must believe in Nigeria to want to be the President of Nigeria,” the governor said.
“This ticket is not an airline ticket. We are talking about having a presidential candidate. It is the decision of the party. It has to be a collective decision.”
“Nobody will get the presidential ticket because he spoke good English on the television. Nobody will get the presidential ticket because he was abusing people on television. It is a party’s decision, and many factors will be responsible — covert and overt factors — because the ticket will be given to a name that can win the election. Winnability is the name,” he added