Enugu State Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Ben Nwoye, has expressed optimism that the party would win all the states in the South-East geopolitical zone of the country in 2019.
Nwoye’s optimism came on the heels of the declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari to re-contest the presidency in 2019.
Speaking with journalists yesterday on arrival at Akanu Ibiam International Airport, Enugu, after the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party in Abuja on Monday, during which President Buhari declared his interest to seek re-election, Nwoye claimed that the South-East APC actually won the Presidency for Buhari in 2015 general elections.
The chairman contended that many people erroneously believed that a state like Enugu gave President Buhari less than three per cent of votes and that other states in the zone did not fare better.
He said that on the contrary, the APC leaders fought very hard and prevented the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from turning out bloated results as they did in 2011 general elections which APC lost.
Nwoye added that in 2015, APC leaders in the zone invested more efforts, time and resources in ensuring that the rigging machine of PDP was demobilised.
He said: “That President Buhari did not score up to three per cent in Enugu in the last election is somewhat incorrect. It’s a reported election result which was compiled by the then PDP; we know it was a rigged election. Even our executive members alone from the ward and their family would have scored more than the 14,000 plus votes.
“But when you had us struggling, preventing them from writing excessive number of votes or going out and keep mobilising to vote, we chose the former, which is preventing excessive rigging. In essence, Enugu State won the election of 2015 for Buhari with other South-East states. If we had allowed the PDP to write the same type of results they wrote in 2011 and we were just trying to mobilise so that we score three per cent, President Muhammadu Buhari will not be a President now and he understands that.