The former governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife has disclosed why Southern and Middle Belt regions will “fight” the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, standard bearer, Atiku Abubakar, within six months if elected President.
Ezeife warned that the regions will fight Abubakar if he recants on his promise to restructure Nigeria within six months if voted into power in 2019.
Speaking with Independent in Abuja, the former governor stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has failed in his promise to Nigeria, especially in the area of restructuring.
According to him, “Well, I don’t know. APC and Buhari their presidential candidate made many promises. At one stage, people were even joking with their name saying ‘APC means All Promises Cancelled’. So, APC made promises it did not keep.
“They promised change, but there was change from frying pan to fire. Exchange rate, petrol price and every other things they promised they will do, they did not do. We thought they understood what they were saying about restructuring and therefore they will go ahead and do it.
“When they did not restructure and are even opposed to it, it becomes clear that APC is not for the strength of Nigeria. So, we of the South- East, South- South, South- West and Middle Belt have decided that we will support the candidate who is serious about restructuring. It is one of the reasons why Atiku is the first. Atiku started with the agitation for restructuring before me and before most of us.
“But we hear that he may not do it after he has been elected. We believe that it is a campaign of calumny against him. But if we give him six months and he doesn’t do it, we begin to fight him. I had a meeting with the Middle Belt just before you came in and we agreed on one thing.
“We will support Atiku all the way but if after six months he has done nothing about restructuring, we begin to fight him all the way,” Ezeife said.