The campaign to reelect Muhammadu Buhari as Nigeria’s president in 2019 has begun in earnest.
This month it was disclosed that former Rivers governor Rotimi Amaechi will reprise his 2015 role as Director General of the Muhammadu Buhari Campaign.
Amaechi who now serves as the minister of transportation in the federal cabinet has been holding series of meetings in preparation for the campaign kickoff. One such meeting held this week at the home of Labour and Employment minister, Chris Ngige, for APC Stakeholders from the South East.
According to the Sun newspaper, stakeholders at that meeting rejected Governor Rochas Okorocha as the chairman of the 15-man Campaign council for the zone.
Why South East APC leaders do not want Okorocha, according to the report:
– His unpopularity among Ndigbo,
– His unpopularity among religious organizations,
– His inability to provide effective leadership for the APC in the South East,
– The loss of two governorship elections in the South East despite the fact that he is the APC leader in the zone as its only governor,
– His refusal to fund the APC in Imo State,
– “Other anti-democratic actions”.
Amaechi tried to impress it upon the stakeholders that there is a standing decision to appoint serving governors of APC as chairmen of Buhari campaign council at their respective zones, but they were adamant.
The meeting was adjorned for further consultations.