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Wake-Up-Call For Ndigbo By Osita Okechukwu

Congress for Progressive Change {CPC} Enugu State Chapter with solemn humility raises a Wake-Up-Call for Ndigbo on the need to construct a Grand Strategy on how best to reposition Ndigbo with other progressives forces in the New Nigeria post April 2011 Elections. For it is imperative to design an exit strategy out of the perennial Blame Game of marginalization of Ndigbo.

Congress for Progressive Change {CPC} Enugu State Chapter with solemn humility raises a Wake-Up-Call for Ndigbo on the need to construct a Grand Strategy on how best to reposition Ndigbo with other progressives forces in the New Nigeria post April 2011 Elections. For it is imperative to design an exit strategy out of the perennial Blame Game of marginalization of Ndigbo.

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Ndigbo must as a matter of urgent redemption read the hand writing on the wall, appreciate, appraise and recognize the realignment of political forces gazetted by the Voting Pattern in the National Assembly election, as reflected across the geo-political zones of the country.

The National Assembly election is a Wake-Up-Call for Ndigbo; as it is no more business as usual, thus signaling the end of one party state and the illusion of PDP ruling uninterrupted for 60 years.

The Wake-Up-Call,  introspection and in-house soul searching CPC Enugu State Chapter requests from Ndigbo becomes germane given the less than grand strategic option the Ohaneze Ndigbo and the South East Governors adopted in hurriedly endorsing President Goodluck Jonathan for 2011 presidential election.

There is no doubt that Ohaneze Ndigbo and the South East Governors never consulted widely and in reality never thought out of the box.

To avoid the Blame Game of marginalization of the Ndigbo; we fervently reasoned that a golden opportunity is presented by next week’s presidential election for amends to be made in the interest of our children.

We need to think out of the box, for a thorough soul searching and checklist of the  unflinching support Ndigbo gave to the Peoples Democratic Party {PDP} led Federal Government of Nigeria, in the last 12 years, did not only dampen the development of the region, but has left the coal fields, condensate, gas, lead and other minerals deposits untapped.

Also the uncountable failed PDP’s promises -   2nd Niger Bridge, petroleum refinery, Federal roads and other infrastructure in the region had led to the exodus of youths, high unemployment and total dislocation; to the extent that while Ndigbo invests heavily in other regions of the country, no similar investment comes to the South East.

We remember with regrets how elder statesman, Dr Alex Ekwueme, former vice president, patriotically in the interest of the growth of democracy and the unity of the country pitched tent with PDP despite humiliations and deprivations he in league with our people suffered in the hands of garrison commanders of the party.

What Must Be Done?

To salvage the lost ground there is an urgent need for Ndigbo to join others and deny the PDP our votes in this Saturday’s presidential election.

Ndigbo in thinking out of the box, we must critically asses all the options, who among the candidates will best serve the core Igbo interest and indeed Nigerians as a whole.

Who will prudently use Excess Crude Account to provide electricity and who will share it at the prompt of the governors? Who will carefully manage our Foreign Reserves and who will deplete it?

Without being immodest, among the candidates, Muahammadu Buhari, GCFR comes handy as our best bet.

Buhari as a man of uncommon integrity, uncommon transparency and uncommon humility approximates more than any other candidate, whom Ndigbo and indeed the progressive bloc should conveniently align with.

Since corruption has been identified by all as the greatest bane of our development; it is reasonable that as a hard working and talented people we should naturally vote for a man of high integrity as opposed to a man whose integrity is scanty.

Buhari is the only presidential candidate who expressly stated in his manifesto the urge to restructure the country and initiate action to amend the Constitution; so as to devolve powers to states and local government. We think this should be the toast of any true federalist.

Buhari has elected to serve for only four years; a position which opens the window of opportunity for a president of Igbo extraction to emerge in 2015. His word is his bond.

On the other hand, if President Jonathan wins the presidency, he will automatically close the zoning convention and it may take the next 24 years for Ndigbo to get there. The real politic is that the window of zoning provides for Ndigbo the golden opportunity to make the presidency in 2015.

While some may question the rationale for zoning in liberal democracy; the truism is that under the Food is Ready patronage system being practiced in Nigeria today, it remains the glue of unity in Nigeria and the fastest route to the presidency for Ndigbo.

Ndigbo Wake-Up and Vote Wisely!

Osita Okechukwu

CPC Governorship Candidate

Enugu State.

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