THE Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, has said for South-East region to produce an Igbo President supporting President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term was the shortest way to actualize the dream.
Mustapha stated this on Saturday in a reception organized for the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs Office, Barr Georgina Ehuria by the former governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu.
He said the zone would stand a good chance if it backs President Buhari in the next election, to be supported to produce the President, cautioning the zone against making fatal political mistake that will ruin its yearnings.
Responding to remarks made by Kalu, that the Igbos have decided to give 75 percent votes to President Buhari if he decides to run for a second term in office, Mustapha said the South East will not regret voting massively for Buhari in 2019.
“You made allusions to the fact that the South East would support Buhari. Let me confirm to you that for any thought of Igbo presidency, this is the shortest part. I have been in this game in the last 35, 37 years. I can attest to it. I know what it is, I know the permutations. I know what is on ground and I am an election manager.
“I know how you can commute, how you can fix the figures and how they come and arrive at the destination. And I can tell you without any fear, without any iota of doubt that the shortest path to an Igbo presidency is for Buhari to complete his tenure and now engage the Igbo nation in a decisive move,” he said.
Mustapha added that no single group can ascend to the presidency of Nigeria without negotiation.
“And I leave this with my Igbo brothers that the act of negotiation that you have perfected in dealing with merchandise, in dealing with commerce, in dealing with entrepreneurship, must be brought to bear on your navigating your way to the presidency of Nigeria,” he added.
Speaking earlier, Orji Kalu thanked President Buhari for finding his sister worthy to be appointed a permanent secretary, noting that Ehuria is an exceptional lady.
The SGF’s statement came barely a week after former President Olusegun Obasanjo wrote an 13-page letter to President Buhari, urging the president to take a deserving rest and not take a second shot at the presidency.
In attendance include the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs. Winifred Oyo-Ita, Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina, former governor of Ekiti State and All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Chairman (South ), Engr. Segun Oni, former Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief Chuka Odom.