A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-East zone, Comrade Chinedu Ogah, has expressed disappointment that some notable politicians and a diplomat from the region worked against the interest of President Muhammadu Buhari, before and during the February 23 Presidential/National Assembly elections.
In an interview with Authority Newspaper, Ogah who was APC House of Representatives candidate for Ikwo/Ezza South federal constituency of Ebonyi State in the just concluded general elections, said some prominent Igbo politicians reneged on their promise to mobilize the electorate in the area to vote massively for the APC presidential candidate in the election.
He said: “The votes recorded for President Buhari in the South-East are not enough for us to demand that an Igbo should be made president on the platform of APC in 2023.
“Don’t forget that a ranking senator from the zone led a delegation to Mr. President, and they promised that they will deliver him in the South-East if he supported them to win their elections, yet at the end of the day, they disappointed him.
“Do you know that even a serving Nigerian Ambassador who hails from the South-East, worked against President Buhari? He was busy before and during the election telling the electorate to vote for Atiku Abubakar. But when he noticed that Buhari was winning, he ran away.
“You can see that we are not ready for a Nigerian president from Igbo extraction come 2023 based on our attitude to Mr. President and the APC.”
Comrade Ogah maintained that he won the House of Representatives election in Ikwo/Ezza South federal constituency, but alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) rigged the election in favour of the candidate of the PDP.
Ogah expressed confidence that he will reclaim his mandate at the tribunal.