The South East chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has expressed outrage over the claim by a former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, that the zone would support President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term bid to enable him complete the second Niger Bridge.
Mr. Nnamani, who spoke for the South East members of the People Democratic Party, PDP, at Mr. Jonathan’s declaration on Tuesday, said the region was backing the president in the February presidential election to avoid the abandonment of the bridge.
He also expressed worry that the president had not rehabilitated the Enugu-Onitsha Highway, which is the busiest highway in the region.
The party, in a statement by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu, said it was yet to recover from Mr. Nnamani’s double-speak on one hand indicting Mr. Jonathan for neglecting the highway, which is in terrible condition, and on the other hand that it was only the president that could fix it.
It regretted that the former senate president’s hinged the support of the South East zone for the president on the fear that the 2nd Niger Bridge would be abandoned.
“We rate this as grave insult to our collective intelligence, a double-speak and corrupted propaganda; coming from someone we thought we can follow to battle, blind,” the APC said.
“May we ask, is Senator Nnamani and cohorts not aware that President Jonathan followed due process and funded the Oweto bridge over successive federal budgets?
“Why is the 2nd Niger Bridge not in any federal budget? Is the 2nd Niger Bridge not dead on arrival, for Julius Berger is not known for borrowing?”
The party said Mr. Nnamani’s position exposed the underbelly as one of those yet to appreciate that there are two major parties prevailing in the country, the PDP and the APC, and that the 2015 presidential race would be close to call.
It argued that no reasonable and responsible leadership would “put all its eggs of their people in one basket,” as the Ndigbo are trying to do.
“To say that we are highly disappointed with Senator Nnamani is to say the least. For how long will Igbo leaders sell their people for stomach infrastructure?” the APC said.
“It is our considered view that it will be fool hardy for the South East region to vote again for a president who lives under the illusion that if you settle their leaders you have settled them; hence taking our support for granted.”