The Minister of Labour and Employment , Dr Chris Ngige, has enjoined the Igbo to show mass presence in the All Progressives Congress.
He said the APC was the easiest political platform the South – East geopolitical zone could use to ascend to the presidency of the country .
This was coming a day after a close ally of the President , Major General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd. ) , Mallam Ismaila Funtua , said any Igbo who wanted to be President should join the ruling APC .
Funtua , who featured on Arise Television ’ s The Morning Show on Saturday , had said , “ They ( Igbo ) should belong . They should join the party . They want to do things on their own and because they are Igbos, we should dash them the president ? That was the reason I asked : is it ‘ Turn By Turn Nigeria Limited’?”
“ If the Igbo want to be President , then they must belong . If you don ’t belong , then you can ’t be the President . That is the issue and we have seen it with MKO Abiola of blessed memory . He went out of his way, he cultivated people . ”
Voicing the same opinion, Ngige, while speaking with APC members on Sunday in Alor, Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State , said Buhari had shown enough goodwill to the South – East that the area should support him by showing heavy presence in the APC .
The minister had on the occasion shared 3 ,700 bags of rice , grinding machines , generators , sewing machines to party members at various levels in the state .
Cash and food were also shared on the occasion.
Ngige vowed that the APC would take over Anambra State in the 2021 governorship poll as a pilot demonstration of overwhelming acceptance of the party in the zone .
He said , “ The roads which my administration constructed in 2004 are what people are still using today. The All Progressives Grand Alliance has failed us. 2021 is my last fight .
“This is our last major fight . I will fight the way I did when I contested the senatorial election of Anambra Central in 2010 .
“The Federal Government of President Buhari has done for well for the Igbo .
“The Social Investment Programme for women of President Buhari is second to none.
“The Enugu airport is receiving attention with N 10 bn mapped out for its renovation and refurbishment .
“Before long , International airlines will be struggling to operate there .
“The 2 nd Niger Bridge is 45 percent completion and it will be toll free unlike what the Obasanjo and Jonathan administrations proposed .
“What I’ m begging you is for our party to be united. Any person who doesn ’ t have the spirit of unity in our party should tell us now and leave us. ”