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Buhari meets S’East traders in Onitsha

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in this week’s election, General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), will begin the second leg of his South East-meet-the-people Tour, today.

The tour would take him to Anambra and Imo State on the first day, when he would meet the organised private sector at the Sharon House in Onitsha.

According to the chairman, APC Presidential Campaign Council for Anambra State, Barr. Chima Okafor, who spoke to reporters in Awka on Sunday, the town hall meeting would address critical policy issues regarding business and industry in the South East and its strategic importance to Nigeria.


The event, he said, would afford the gathering to know about Buhari’s policy thrust with regards to business and industry, the favoured sectors of the Igbo.

“For the purpose of educating our people, from the five South East states, on the economic agenda of General Muhamadu Buhari, we have planned this event in the commercial town of Onitsha, in order to ensure that our candidate bares his mind on how he intends to restore the manufacturing capacity and the industrial glory of the South East region of Nigeria.

“We want the businessmen and industrialists, who have been bearing the brunt of poor infrastructure, insecurity, poor micro and macroeconomic policies and, finally, the rapid drop of Naira value as against the Dollar, to come and engage General Buhari and see how his policies will transform the South East region into becoming the tiger of Africa.

“The South East used to be the industrial engine of the nation, unfortunately, past governments have not been able to implement policies that could rejuvenate the area and tap into the entrepreneurial spirit of the people, this, I believe, the Buhari administration will help to achieve”, Okafor added.

The former Governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chinwoke Mbadinuju, similarly, said he had formally withdrawn his membership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in his Umuaku-Uli ward of Ihiala council area of the state and registered with the rival APC.

He described his action as painful, but, necessary because, according to him, the PDP was bereft of internal and participatory democracy and controlled by questionable characters who twist the party according to their whims and caprices.

Mbadinuju, said “In PDP, ethics and values have been thrown to the dogs. PDP has become an unjust and unfair political party, with no truth in its mouth, no compassion in its heart, no sincerity in its purpose and its actions are always, intrinsically, self-serving and deceitful. Most honest members became disillusioned and disappointed with the turn of events”, he said.

The APC, he said, was the party to belong because the broom would continue to sweep clean.

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