Gloves off, APC’s BoT member, B.B. Apugo, dumps Tinubu for Obi

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Benedict Apugo

A strong man of Abia politics and Board of Trustees, BoT,  member of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Prince Benjamin Benedict Apugo, popularly known as B.B. Apugo, has solicited support for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi.

Apugo said that Obi’s integrity, competence and proven track record of achievements had put him ahead of other contenders for the topmost job in the country.

The APC chieftain who addressed newsmen on Sunday in his sprawling Ibeku-Umuahia country home, also drummed support for the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, Dr Alex Otti, saying he had the the social and political capital as well as economic wisdom to rebuild Abia.

Prince Apugo debunked media reports that he had endorsed the Abia APC governorship candidate, High Chief Ikechi Emenike, dismissing the report as misleading.

He said he never gave his blessings to the governorship ambition of Emenike, and cautioned against any attempt to use him for political glory.

Apugo accused the APC-led Federal Government of neglecting Abia State, saying there was no federal presence in the state.

”APC has not done anything for Umuahia and Abia State where I come from”, he regretted.

He also said that the APC had not done much for Ndigbo, and urged voters to vote based on the competence and integrity of candidates and not for the party logo in the forthcoming polls.

Apugo took a swipe at the Igbo political elite making uncomplimentary remarks about Obi, describing them as myopic and self-centred saboteurs.

He urged Igbo voters not to be discouraged because of the unpatriotic activities of such elements whom he said could rarely visit their communities.

According to him, “Obi’s presidential ambition and candidature have brought respect and honour to the Igbo race.”

He recalled that this would be the first time Nigerians from different ethnic, religious and political backgrounds would be rallying behind a presidential candidate of South East extraction.

● Zoning has come to stay in Abia, Apugo insists

Apugo urged Ndigbo home and in the Diaspora to come out en masse and vote for credible candidates of their choice in the forthcoming elections.

He said that those hoping to rig the polls would have to think of something else, insisting that the era of manipulating election results was over.

Apugo expressed optimism that the forthcoming polls would give birth to a new Nigeria where merit and competence would count.

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