THE leaders of the Southsouth Zonal Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have adopted President Muhammadu Buhari as their candidate of choice for the 2019 presidential polls.
The position of the caucus was contained in a communique issued at the end of its meeting on Tuesday in Abuja.
The communique, which was a culmination of over the three hours meeting, was signed by the Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki, the state’s former governor, Adams Oshiomhole, Minister of Transportation Rotimi Amaechi and Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Usani U. Usani.
Others are: Minister of State (Petroleum) Dr. Ibe Kachikwu, Minister of State for Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire; Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly (Senate) Senator Ita Enang, Deputy Majority Whip Senator Francis Alimikhena; Senator Magnus Abe, Chief Don Etiebet and Comrade Frank Kokori.
The caucus said it was “committed to work assiduously to ensure the success of the presidential campaign and therefore inaugurated a Southsouth Presidential Campaign Committee”.
The communique reads in part: “The caucus expressed full satisfaction with the steady growth of the APC in the Southsouth and urged its members to continue working hard to ensure a full democratic takeover of the Southsouth Region.
“Caucus acknowledged the changes in the Nigerian political economy and commended the excellent performance of the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration and enjoined Nigerians to continue to support the administration in every way possible.
“Caucus noted with regret, the current tendency of some political leaders to write letters rather than follow existing open lines of communication and dialogue.
“It noted that such methods of political engagement can only breed disaffection and mediate the on-going effort at repositioning our economy for growth and development. It therefore called on political leaders to join hands with President Muhammadu Buhari to contain all forms of violence, strengthen the foundation of our polity, expand and grow the economy and continue to promote sustainable growth, peace and people-centered development.
“On the herdsmen issue, Caucus strongly condemns in strong terms the killings of Nigerians and sincerely and deeply sympathises with the states, communities and families that have been affected, expressed full confidence in the Presidential Committee headed by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo and enjoined leaders and governments at all levels to work with the Committee to find lasting and sustainable solutions to the problem;
“Given the above scenario, recognising the very successful war against corruption, the effective degradation of Boko Haram, the very laudable agricultural and economic policies that have seen us out of recession, the continuing high regard for his person and leadership around the world that have promoted a bright new image for Nigeria, the credibility he continues to enjoy among the vast majority of Nigerians and among APC members, and the need for continuity in policy and programmes, the Caucus of the APC South-South Zone, unanimously adopted and endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari to run for a second term as President…”
Also at the meeting were: Minister for Budget and Planning, Udo Udoma, Chairman, Niger- Delta Development Commission Victor Ndoma Egba, Edo State Deputy Governor Philip Shaibu, former Bayelsa State Governor Timpreye Silva, Ehiozwa Johnson Agbonayinma and APC former gubernatorial candidate in Akwa Ibom State Umana Umana
Others were Deputy Whip of the House Pally Iriase, Peter Akpatason, Senator Ehioie Uzamere, Senator Domingo Obende , Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, Great Ogboru, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, former Secretary to State Government, Edo State; Dr. Cairo Ojougbor and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Chibudom Unwuche.
Source: The Nation