President Muhammadu Buhari is currently on a campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) across the southeastern states and he addressed a teeming crowd in Aba, Abia State on Tuesday.
Buhari also pledged to ensure the adequate provision of infrastructure in the South-East if he wins his reelection bid.
He said this would give a further impetus to the spirit of industry, hard work and competitiveness for which the Igbo are known.
“They deserve more and more infrastructure to further excel,” the President said, according to his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu.
Shehu revealed that Buhari has gotten the approval of some key traditional leaders in the region.
The first was from the Chairman of Aba Traditional Council, His Royal Majesty, Isaac Ikonne, Enyi 1 of Aba, who called on all indigenes of Abia State to vote for the APC Presidential Candidate.
The presidential aide also said the Igbo people would remain loyal and committed to President Buhari for the payment of pensions to ex-Biafran security personnel, the massive infrastructural development going on throughout the south-east and the administration’s policy on ease of doing business which he disclosed had benefited the Igbo more than any other ethnic group.
“You love Nigeria and you need to return to consolidate your fight against the monster of corruption and to take us to the Next Level.
“I want to assure you that Aba and Abians and indeed all Igbos will massively vote for you,” the royal father told the President as he raised his hand and proclaimed him winner of the coming presidential poll.
The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo also endorsed Buhari as confirmed by its secretary-general, Uche Okwukwu who had earlier expressed a dissenting view from that of his chairman in expressing support for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP in the forthcoming election.
Okwukwu announced the adoption of President Buhari as the true Ohanaeze candidate who will be formally recognized as such at a coming event at the Aso Rock Villa.