From Chidi Nnadi, Enugu
Ahead of its January 21 re-union for the South-East region, the Local Organising Committee of Buhari Support Organisation (BSO), Enugu State chapter, yesterday commended prominent Igbo sons and daughters who have left their political parties after the 2015 general elections to join the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The planned re-union is expected to see more influx of prominent Igbo sons and daughters into the party.
BSO Chairman ofEnugu State, Chief Anike Nwoga, who disclosed this at a press conference, yesterday, announced that the Organising Committee in the state will host the National Committee in the five South East states, in Enugu on January 21.
“The meeting is a re-union of BSOs in the South-East ,in preparation for a massive influx of prominent Igbo sons and daughters into APC,” he said.
He appealed to the people of the South East, to use the opportunity to again have faith in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, and said he was optimistic that in the fullness of time, “Buhari’s administration will fulfil all promises made to the South-East region.
“Influx of people into the APC in the South-East is a clear testimony that the people of the region are happy with the transparency exhibited by the APC-led Federal Government in managing the lean resources accruing to the country as a result of the crash in crude oil prices.
“For us, it is celebration that the majority of Igbo are acknowledging the efforts of president Buhari towards improving the infrastructure-base in the South East, which dilapidated during the 16 years rule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), a party that Ndigbo gave 100 per cent support.
“In just 24 months, the current Buhari-led APC administration will achieve what its predecessors in PDP-led federal government failed to do on the roads in the South-East region; Aba-Calabar, Umuahia-lkot Ekpene, Owerri-Port Harcourt, Enugu-Onitsha and Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, in 16 years.
“In the 2017 budget, the South-East region got an allocation of N26 billion for road projects, with Anambra State getting N13.7billion; Abia State, N1.3billion; Ebonyi Sate, N1.4billion; Enugu State, N7.5billon, while Imo State got N2.2billion. We may recall that in the penultimate week, the Federal Executive Council approved additional N16 billion payment for the construction of the second Niger Bridge. The job has commenced.”
This underscores Mr President’s commitment to raising the infrastructure-base of the South-East to an industrial and commercial region of the country,” Nwoga said.
He also observed that the Federal Government had recently released N388.304 billion as refunds of over-deductions on London-Paris Club loans, advising the Enugu State government to utilise its N9 billion share well.