The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in next month’s election, Alhaji Atiku has promised to tag along with the southeast zone if he wins the election.
He reeled out early completion of the second Niger bridge as well abandoned roads in the zone as top priority projects.
Addressing the mammoth crowd that trooped to the Holy Trinity Cathedral field, Onitsha to be part of the epoch making event, Atiku said he was not in Onitsha to campaign, but to present his wife, Jennifer Atiku who is from Onitsha and his running mate, Peter Obi, saying “they were the real contestants.’.
He said, “I’m not here to campaign but to inform you that your son, Peter Obi and your daughter are the real contestants. I’m in the minority.
“You asked me to complete the second Niger bridge; that I’ll do because of my wife. With Peter Obi as the VP, be rest assured that all the roads in the region will be completed too.
The PDP flag bearer urged people to get their PVCs ready in order to vote out President Buhari’s APC government in the February election even as he enjoined them to vote for all PDP candidates in the contest.
Earlier in his speech during a courtesy call on the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, Atiku said that the royal blessing of the monarch will help nurture the struggle for a new economic direction for Nigeria through new political economy resolve.
He assured that if elected, his government’s” policy will straighten cultural tourism in the integrated economic growth plans.
Speaking during the courtesy call in his palace, the traditional ruler of Onitsha regretted that all the traditional rulers in the state could not attend the event because a meeting was scheduled same day between the traditional rulers and the state governor, Willie Obiano.
While reading out text messages he sent out to Governor Obiano intimating him of the proposed meeting of traditional rulers with Atiku, He said, “Surprisingly, I later received another text message from the state Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy matters telling me that the governor had fixed a meeting same day with the traditional rulers at the Government House in Awka.
“The traditional rulers you see here today are the ones that managed to make it here because they want to be here.”
Speaking on behalf of the traditional rulers, the Deputy Chairman, Anambra State Council of Traditional Rulers and the traditional ruler of Odekpe, Ogbaru local government area of the state, Igwe Chuma stressed that the Igbos were sad at the turn out of events in the country.
He noted that the Buhari administration has neglected the Igbos, not just in the provision of infrastructures but in strategic political appointment placing.
According to him, he had the mandate of the traditional rulers to ask for Atiku’s commitment to his promises of restructuring of the country, making Onitsha River Port functional, dredging of the River Niger, completion of the second Niger Bridge, etc if he makes it to the presidential villa as Nigeria’s president.
He said, “Atiku is not only an in-law to the Onitsha people, he is a good friend of the Igbo people.The traditional ruler noted that victory for Atiku and Obi in the presidential election would also be a victory for the Igbo.