Anambra oil magnate, Arthur Eze, has reaffirmed support for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, saying only his administration would ensure an Igbo presidency if elected as president in 2023.
Eze said Atiku’s presidency was the surest to having a president of South-East extraction.
The famous businessman said this during his solidarity visit to the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Committee in Anambra State, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, at his Ogidi country home in Idemili North Local Government Area of the state on Saturday.
He described Atiku as “an honest, liberal, and a pan-Nigerian who aspired best for the country”, urging the people of the South-East to continue the strategic relationship with the North by supporting the former Vice President in the 2023 presidential election.
Eze stated that the long-standing alliance between the North and the South-East has always produced many political benefits to the region.
“My appeal is for our people to seize the opportunity provided by Atiku Abubakar to renew the age-old alliance between the South-East and the North; we have accomplished far more in this country’s politics through our alliance with the North.
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“This alliance saw Nnamdi Azikiwe become President of Nigeria in the First Republic and Alex Ekwueme served as Vice President, while Edwin Ume-Ezeoke was elected Speaker of the House of Representatives in the Second Republic.
“Atiku has demonstrated his love and concern for us Ndi-Igbo by continuously choosing an Igbo man to be his running mate since 2007 when he picked Sen. Ben Ndi Obi; Peter Obi in 2019 and now, Ifeanyi Okowa, an Igbo man from Delta State.
“He was willing to scale back his ambition if the ticket was micro-zoned to the Southeast; only Atiku Abubakar agreed to such terms.
“He will deliver on his promise of restructuring the country and ensuring that a Southerner succeeds him as president,” the billionaire businessman said.
In his response, Obiora commended Eze for his support for Atiku project and his numerous advocacy efforts which he said had great impacts in the South-East.
The PDP Campaign DG said the party was committed to mobilising majority votes for Atiku in Anambra State.
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