The South-East APC Presidency Project on Wednesday asked members of the group not to be demoralized by the words of Alhaji Mamman Daura in the press interview of Tuesday, 28th July 2020.
In a statement, Convener/National Coordinator of the group, Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu, said Alhaji Daura only expressed himself within his rights as a private citizen of Nigeria
Jideofo-Ogbuagu said his position did not represent that of APC NWC, NEC or National Convention of the party
“I hope no one in South-East APC Presidency Project 2023 has become demoralized by the words of Alhaji Mamman Daura in that press interview of yesterday Tuesday, 28th July 2020.
“Alhaji Daura only said what he could say within his rights as a private citizen of Nigeria. He is not NWC, NEC or National Convention of APC. He does not even hold any known party or government office.
“So, anything he says is purely personal, just like the purely personal opinions of Mallam Ismaila Isa Funtua before he sadly left us few days ago.
“Ehe, if Alhaji Daura said that all parts of Nigeria and all 200 million Nigerians are entitled to contest for 2023 Presidency of Nigeria, what can be demoralizing for South-East APC Presidency Project 2023 in that statement? If I were Alhaji Daura, I would say same or similar thing,” Jideofo-Ogbuagu said.
He added that it would be naive and silly of any South-Easterner to expect to be handed 2023 Presidency on a platter of gold.
According to him, “Power is not given; it is taken.
“That is why South-East APC Presidency Project 2023 exists: to take Presidency in 2023 on APC platform.
“Even if President Buhari today said that Presidency would not rotate to the South-East in 2023, only timid, naive, low-self-esteem, slavish, cowardly and chicken-hearted South-Easterners would throw up their weak arms in the air in despair and hopelessness.
“Proud and courageous South-Easterners would fight on regardless of such a statement that should actually encourage and not discourage us in South-East APC Presidency Project 2023 to fight harder.
“Since when have South-Easterners become afraid of competition? Is it in 2023 presidential campaign that we will turn wimps? Alhaji Daura – just like my late friend, Mallam Funtua – only threw a challenge to South-Easterners.
“He has simply said to us: ‘Take the 2023 Presidency if you can.’ Nothing at all is wrong with those simple words of encouragement by my good friend, Alhaji Mamman Daura,” he added