Former governor of Abia and a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has called on the people of the South-East geo-political zone to embrace the APC.
He noted that the ruling party was the “short and sure road map” in the region’s quest for the Presidency in the near future.
The former National Chairman of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) also allayed fears of possible neglect of the South-East by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that the South-East would benefit not only from the policies and programmes of the new government but also in terms of appointments into key positions.
Onu, who spoke when a four-man delegation of the past leaders of World Igbo Congress ( WIC) paid him a courtesy visit, said there was the need for Ndigbo and other Nigerians to be patient with the new administration as it strived to fulfill its campaign promises.
According to him, the new government has launched a crusade against corruption, insecurity and other problems facing the country and needed the cooperation of every citizen to achieve the goals of the crusade.
Onu expressed appreciation to the team for the support and recognition given to him and assured them that the federal government would deliver the change that the APC promised; doing what was right and good to every Nigerian irrespective of party affiliation.
“The WIC should be commended for creating a platform for Ndigbo from all parts of the world to meet and discuss their welfare and all other important issues of common concern.
I urged the group to remain united in order to continue to enjoy the confidence and respect of Ndigbo at home and the global community,” he said.
The delegation was led by the former Chairman the congress, Dr. Kalu Kalu Diogu, accompanied by two former Vice-Chairmen, Dr. Chuka Obiesie and Chief Joe Nzepuome and Mr. Anthony Igwe.
In his remark, Diogu, said the delegation came to brief the APC leader about the forthcoming World Igbo Congress convention holding next month in the United States of America.
He explained that Nigerians in the Diaspora, the majority of who were from the South-East, represented the largest and greatest human resource for the development of Nigeria.
He urged President Buhari to recognise Nigerians in the Diaspora as important stakeholders in national development.
While in their separate remarks, members of the delegation expressed their confidence in Onu’s purposeful leadership and consistency which led to the emergence of the APC as the ruling party in Nigeria today.
They described Onu as an embodiment of humility and experienced politician who shared good relationship with other people across every divide in the country and pledged that Ndigbo at home and in the Diaspora would remain strongly behind him as the face of the South-East in the ruling party.