The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday said it was imperative that President Muhammadu Buhari is re-elected, with Dr. Uche Ogah as the state governor, along with other candidates of the party, to ensure that both the Southeast and Abia State are fully brought into the mainstream of the government.
This just as the leadership of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) has advised its members to participate in the forthcoming general elections.Rising from its national executive council meeting held in Awgu, Enugu State, yesterday, MASSOB, in a statement signed by its National Director of Information, Samuel Edeson, however, noted that other “pro-Biafra groups that plan to boycott the elections are entitled to stay at home during elections days.”
It stated that in recognition of the freedom of political participation and exercises, “we declare that this year general elections in Nigeria will not be stopped or boycotted in Biafra land.
“Our people that still believe in Nigeria projects are free to participate in the electoral processes of Nigeria, including this year, as we have allowed INEC to conduct elections in Biafra land.”
Speaking at the party’s rally the township stadium in Umuahia, the Abia State capital, yesterday, Oshiomhole said to the crowd of party supporters, who throng the venue: “Do not repeat your 2015 mistake of voting for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that has deceived you for 16 years.“You must stop lamenting the failure of the present PDP led government in the state and vote in Ogah. The APC federal government has been removing all obstacles against sustainable power supply in the country.”
In his acceptance speech, Ogah commended the APC for adopting direct primaries that produced the right candidates capable of wining the elections, assuring the people of the state that if elected, he would within two years of assumption of office redress what the PDP government did in 16 years.
Those that received the party flag for senate were ex-governor Orji Uzor Kalu for Abia North; ex-senator Nkechi Nwaogu for Central; Chief Marc Wabara for South, as well as serving members of the House of Representatives, Nkeiru Onyejiocha and Martins Apugo, among others for House and the 24 for the state House of Assembly.
MASSOB, however, reaffirmed its commitment to the actualisation of Biafra through the principals of non-violence and international diplomacy, in collaboration and brotherhood with other progressive pro-Biafra groups.
“MASSOB, having realised that Biafrans cannot forcefully impose our desirable interest on the people of Nigeria and having understood the principals of non-violence, unanimously agreed and resolved that Nigeria state will independently and internally observe and conduct their political exercises, including general elections. “Nigeria elections will come and go, irrespective of whoever that wins in both national and state elections. We must continue with Biafra projects of actualisation irrespective of both internal and external distractions.”