The senator representing Anambra Central senatorial district, Senator Chris Ngige, has predicted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will win 28 states on first ballot in the February general elections.
Ngige told journalists in Awka Anambra State capital on Thursday that his prediction was based on facts and surveys conducted by independent surveyors.
Ngige, who is the Coordinator of Muhammed Buhari Presidential Campaign in the South-east, said following the prediction, APC would form the next government at the centre.
He predicated his optimism on what he called the outcome of various forecasts commissioned by his party (the APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the presidency and some international organisations, which had turned out results in favour of the APC ahead of the presidential polls.
“This presidential election would be won on first ballot by APC as 28 states would be won. Even all the forecasts had been saying it. We have those commissioned by our party, the presidency, PDP and international organisations.
“As we sit today, North-western zone of the country has about 20 million registered voters. I now tell you that 80 per cent of them had already queued up behind APC.
“We have about 64 per cent of the 14 million voters registered in the South-west, and a similar percentage of an equally number of registered voters in the South-east and South-south zones. So if you put them on the table and do the addition, you would know where the pendulum is swinging,” he said.
Ngige said that Buhari’s campaign in the South-east zone begins today with a stop at in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, and Aba in Abia State, where he would also present Senator Julius Ucha and Chief Anyim Nnyere to the people of the two states as the party’s standard bearers in the February polls.
The campaign train, he said, would land in Awka, the Anambra State capital, on Saturday.
While in Awka, Buhari, he said, would pay courtesy calls on the traditional ruler of Awka, the Eze-Uzu II, Obi Gibson Nwosu and leaders of both the Catholic, Anglican and Pentecostal churches in the state.
This, he said would prove that Buhari is a promoter of Nigeria’s secularity and would not do anything to torpedo Nigeria’s secular status, adding that Buhari would later retire to a lavish campaign rally at the Emmaus House field in the city.
Though Anambra State would not be contesting in the governorship election, Ngige said Buhari would only present the APC candidates in the national and state assemblies’ elections to the people of the state before heading to Enugu on Sunday, and Owerri, Imo State, on Monday next week to round off his campaigns in the zone.
In the states, the APC presidential candidate, he said, would present Okey Ezea and incumbent Governor, Rochas Okorocha as the party’s standard bearers respectively.
He said the APC campaigns in the zone, would be issue-driven as people of the South-east zone would be told how a democratically effected change in government would affect their lives and family positively, adding that issues of security, welfare of citizens, economy, functions of government and others would take the centre stage in the party’s politicking.
Ngige, however, said the Igbos were pushing themselves into marginalisation as “they were not playing good politics.”
According to him, Igbo play bad politics by putting all their eggs in one basket and that is why they lost in APC.
“Unless there is a decisive decision by the Igbo merchants and oil traders to
participate in Nigerian politics, the people will continue to be marginalised,” he said.
Ngige, who is re-contesting the February 14 senatorial election for the Anambra Central senatorial district, said he had achieved a lot to merit another tenure.
He promised to provide more dividends of democracy to the people of the area if re-elected.