Dyepkazah Shibayan, Abuja
A Southeast delegation of the All Progressives Congress (APC), led by Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, yesterday made an appeal to the Presidentelect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, to consider the region for the position of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation while choosing members of his cabinet. They made this appeal during a congratulatory visit to the president-elect at the Defence House in Abuja.
Speaking on behalf of the delegation, Governor Okorocha said though the region could not deliver to Buhari in the presidential election, it was still able to cut the damage that PDP would have done with a projected 7.2million votes from the zone. “We are more victorious than you are on your victory at the presidential election because many of us would have gone on exile if you had lost. Although we could not deliver the southeast to you, what we were able to do however was to cut down the damages of 7.2 million votes the PDP had projected to get from the southeast”, Okorocha said. While expressing hope that Buhari’s government will be successful as well as support the cause of the Southeast, Okorocha appealed that the region should be considered for the position of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation.
“We know that we’ve lost out for the position of senate presidency because we did not have a ranking senator returned to the National Assembly, we however appeal and we believe that you will be generous enough to consider the south east region to be considered for the position of the SGF”, he added. He added that the South East region have also unanimously agreed that the former National Chairman of All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) , Ogbonnaya Onu, should be elevated and be recognised as the leader of the party in the southeast.
On his part, Ogbonnaya Onu, noted that Buhari’s victory has brought respite to the entire nation. “Nigeria is more united now even before the elections. The division that existed in the country now had been ridden off due to Buhari’s victory, “he said. Responding, Muhammadu Buhari, thanked the southeast APC for the role it played in ensuring that it reduced the deficit of votes the PDP gathered in the region in the last election. He assured that his government will carry everyone along irrespective of race, region and tribe.