As Nigerians continue to debate on the outcome of the just-concluded presidential election in the country, prominent Labour Party chieftain in the Southeast, Afam Ogene has stated that by voting overwhelmingly for Peter Obi, Igbos have given the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) the reward they deserve for refusing to zone the presidency to the region.
Speaking during an interview on CHANNELS TV's 'Politics Today' on Thursday night, Ogene, who recently won a seat at the Federal House of Representatives representing Ogbaru Constituency in Anambra, insisted that by deciding to throw their respective tickets open, the APC and PDP did the Southeast region a great disservice in its push to have a president of Igbo extraction in Aso Rock.
He said; "I stayed in the APC for almost 8 years and there is nothing to look for there. In the APC, we thought that we could give the party a landing spot in the Southeast. But as it turned out, you saw that in the entire eight years, my region got the shorter end of the stick. Even when it came to the issue of the presidency, all other positions were being micro-zoned to specific regions, and in that circumstance, the Southeast was not considered worthy and the ticket was thrown open to the entire South.
And since the ticket was thrown open just like the PDP did, you can see how the Igbos gave both the PDP and APC their deserved rewards in terms of the vote cache in that area. So, I would say that there is no motivation to go back to the APC. It is like going back to Egypt."
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