You could lose 2023 presidency to South-West, Ngige warns Igbo


The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has warned the South-East they could miss out on a chance to produce the president of the country in 2023.

The people of the  zone have  failed in  their  bid to have one of  their  own  as the leader  of the country since the return of democratic rule in 1999, and Nigige believes they have a chance to grab the post if they play their cards right in the 2019 general elections.

Speaking with reporters in Obosi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State on Sunday, Ngige said President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection  was the South-East’s shortest route to the presidency.

He said, “This man (Buhari) has only one term (four years) to do and go home, and an Igboman will replace him. But if you leave this shortest route and  take a gamble, you are on your own.”

He added, “If Igbo refuse to play their cards right  in next year’s  general elections, the South-West  will take away the chance from them.

“They will  produce the next president  after Buhari,  because the zone has shown demonstrable commitment to  Buhari’s  cause.

“My good friend Babatunde Fashola has blown the whistle. What he said should be a warning signal to the Igbo,  because you can’t stop the South-West from producing the next president of the country after supporting Buhari and the APC government.

“That is why I’m telling our people now to come out en masse in next year’s election and vote for Buhari, so that nothing will stop you from succeeding him in 2023.”

He described  the vice-presidential slot given to the Igbo by the Peoples Democratic Party as a “mere spare tyre that might be used for over six years”.

According to the minister, it is not  true  that Buhari hates  the Igbo, stressing that the late Dr Chuba Okadigbo, Edwin Ume-Ezeoke  and others were close friends with the President.

The minister said the Buhari government had provided  infrastructure in  the South-East, saying he deserved their support.

He   insists   the real  Buhari is the one ruling the country, dismissing  the rumours about a cloned Buhari at Aso Rock.

Ngige  said “we should stop listening to all these gutter talks” that  one Jubril from Sudan or Chad  is the  one  ruling the country, as the real Buhari is dead.

He said, “I’m talking to you as medical doctor. If you are well treated by your doctor,  you will be rejuvenated; that’s the case with Buhari. That is why is bubbling with life. His doctors treated him well.”

The minister added, “I see him regularly. He’s the Buhari who worked as the minister of petroleum; he the Buhari who was the Head of State of this country. He remembers all these.

“I asked our people to come out and vote massively for him in the 2019 general elections. We should stop listening to all these gutter talks. The man in Aso Rock is Buhari and no other person. I see him regularly. He’s the man that employed us as ministers and the one  we meet with during  FEC meetings.”