Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South East were at the Presidential Villa on Monday to demand President Muhammadu Buhari’s endorsement of an Igbo Presidency after his second term in 2023.
Led by the Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, the APC leaders presented an address in which they reaffirmed the decision of the party in the zone in December last year to support Buhari’s second term bid.
The address was read to Buhari by the APC National Vice Chairman for South East, Hon. Emma Eneukwu.
He said: “It is our conviction that four years is not enough for you to complete this worthy journey hence the need for another four years to enable you make Nigeria truly great.
“We implore Mr. President, as a just and fair-minded leader, to make history by supporting the zoning of the office of the President in our great party to the South East at the end of your second tenure in office as President in 2023.’’
The party faithful also thanked the President for the several projects receiving attention of the Federal Government in the South East, including the 2nd Niger Bridge, Enugu-Port Harcourt Road as well as the Enugu-Onitsha -Owerri Road.
In his response, Buhari pledged to give his best to all Nigerians, guided by a clear conscience in making decisions for the progress of the country.
He thanked his guests for their patriotism, sacrifices and support for the peace and stability of the country.
The President also commended the South East leaders for acknowledging the laudable and consistent efforts of his administration to restore Nigeria to the position of eminence.
Buhari said: ‘‘I want you to know that I have not forgotten the efforts and sacrifices you have made in the successes I have achieved in my position and I appreciate what you are doing for the stability of our country and the future of our children and our grandchildren.
‘‘I assure you that whatever I try to do, I will do it with a clear conscience and I’ll do the best I can do for all Nigerians,’’ he said.