Ahead of presidential primaries of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) billed to hold next week, aspirants from the South East extraction on Sunday met behind closed-door.
The aspirants at the end of the meeting resolved to support anyone among them that emerges as the party’s flag bearer.
The aspirants, which include former Imo Governor Senator Rochas Okorocha; former Senate President Ken Nnamani, former Minister of Education (State) Emeka Nwajiuba; former Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu and Mrs. Uju Ken-Ohanenye, met behind closed door at the Maitama home of Okorocha.
The meeting started at about 3:45pm and the Ebonyi Governor Dave Umahi joined virtually after he had to cut short his visit to Abuja to get relevant documents for his screening in Abakaliki.
In a communiqué at the end of the meeting read by Nnamani, the aspirants agreed to align with the decision of the party, which they said will do the right thing and heed the clamour for power shift to the Southeast.
It reads: “That the President of the federal republic of Nigeria and the All Progressive Congress and Its National Working Committee as well the teaming members of the party are commended by the entire people of the southeast on their avowed commitment to the unity of Nigeria and the inclusion of all parts of Nigeria In the governance architecture of the country.”
“That we commend all Nigerians who are committed to the Nigerian project by the whole hearted support of the aspiration of the south east to produce the next Nigerian president in 2023.
“That in furtherance of these commitments all aspirants here commit to align with any of the Southeast aspirants that is accepted by and chosen by other Nigerians to fly the APC flag”, it added.