South-South APC invites Buhari, Atiku, others to present manifesto ahead of primary

APC Chairman John Odigie Oyegun

The South-South zonal chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has invited the presidential aspirants on the party’s platform to unveil their plans for the country to its members ahead of the primary election.

Those invited are former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari, former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, Governors Rabi’u Kwakwaso of Kano State and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State as well as the founder of the Leadership newspaper, Sam Nda-Isaiah.

The decision to invite the five presidential hopeful was taken at a meeting of the Zonal chapter on Sunday in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.

At the meeting were the National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, Deputy National Chairman (South), Segun Oni, Governors Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, former military governor of Ogun State, Sam Ewang, BOT member and Sam Sam Jaja.

Current and former members of the party in the National Assembly from the South-South zone and state party chairmen were also in attendance.

A statement by the office of the Zonal Chairman of the APC, Hilliard Eta, on Monday said the aspirants are to appear individually on dates yet to be determined, to the leaders and members of the party in the zone to present their manifestoes.

The statement signed by Bassey Ita, media aide to the zonal chairman, said the meeting resolved that the aspirants would be expected to address key developmental needs of the south-south zone in relations to the party’s six-point manifesto streamlined at its last week’s extra ordinary national convention in Abuja.

“At the Port Harcourt meeting on Sunday, the zonal chairman, Prince Eta, had reiterated the commitment of the party to provide a ‘solid base’ for the south-south zone to experience real growth and development anchored on well thought out programme of action that takes into account the peculiarities of the area, so the days of rigmarole over south -south issues will be over as APC provides government at the centre come 2015,” it stated.

The statement also said the meeting agreed to strategically position the party to capture more states in the coming elections.

It said the party evolved other strategies germaine to elections victory in the south-south states.’

“Based on the ‘roughness’ of the south-south terrain especially as it concerns the antecedent of our major opponent in the elections, the party thought it wise to be different and ahead of that major opponent through effective elections victory strategy that will unfold later,” the statement stressed.


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  • Mr. Abdin

    APC as a political party has always set the pace for political engagement in order to proffer solutions to the problems facing our dear country Nigeria. The coming together of the aspirants in the party will paved a way for the emergence of the best candidate among them. As for me Atiku is the most prepared among them because of track records and preparations towards the general elections come 2015.

  • I think that’s necessary for any advance society. The politicians needs to be asked on what they plan to do no just criticism.

  • abucheadams

    Great idea, this will allow the presidential aspirant sell themselves and their vision to the people to decide. However, The executives in charge need to be analytical rather than been sentimental with their choice of leader. I feel Atiku will always standout; because among all the presidential aspirant he is the only candidate that has proven he understands the way forward for this country. He is the the right man for the job.

  • sir Oscie

    Good idea, This is really another chance for Atiku to show his prowess and outstanding qualities above all other aspirants. #ANigeriaForAll…

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Once more, APC leads the way.

    Great idea asking the candidates to present on zone by zone basis.

    May the best man win and I hope the “losers” wholeheartedly back the eventual winner for the sake of the country.

    • tundemash

      Also ask them to declare their assets PUBLICLY.
      If this is done, Dumbo would not even bother contest. Only rogue public officials would be scared to declare their assets publicly.

      • emmanuel

        Mumu, so you nor Know say Jonathan declared his assets?

        • tundemash

          Iranmu…. since he declared it, can you tell us what he’s worth then ?

          Olodo, the key word in my statement is PUBLICLY. Stop taking alcohol very early in the morning.

          • emmanuel

            UMYA did that his style, there is no where in the world were it is done.

            For a Public officer to declare his assets on the pages of Newspaper? And it is a political offense.

            Some people who pretend not to be insane makes it an issue? To the extent that so many gaulible people believe that the man never declared his assets.

            Opposition of madness.

  • tundemash

    That is the way to go !

    Also ask them to declare their assets PUBLICLY.
    If this is done, Dumbo would not even bother show up for the election.

  • emmanuel

    Mumu South South people the Fulani agenda in 2015 is about how to cheat you. Stay at the presidency, reallocate your Oil blocks to themselves and reel out fake population in 2016.

    The best they would leave you with is a Vice President who would not even get ceremonial role. Go ask Amosun how best to treat such case – deploy used cars to the VP, let him source for Mechanics himself, refuse to pay his Leave Allowances, etc and he gets depressed.

    Jonathan had a taste of it in the hand of a Fulani man between 2007 and 2010