Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu on Sunday called on the people of Ebonyi State and South-East to make a move and support President Muhammadu Buhari as APC-led government is committed to promoting infrastructure development in the zone.
Onu stated this in Uburu his home town, Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi while addressing the people of the zone who joined him in a thanksgiving service for his reappointment into the Federal Executive Council.
He emphasized that it is very important for the zone to integrate into the mainstream national politics in order to get their due proportion from the Federal Government.
He said that time has come for Ndi igbo to put the events of the past elections behind and move forward in the interest of the people, especially as 2023 draws nearer.
He further said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) would galvanize the Igbo and work very hard to capture Anambara State in the 2021 governorship election and other states in the zone.
The minister said that the infrastructure development executed by the Buhari administration was a demonstration of his love for the zone.
He said, “The South-East APC will be united to assist our brothers and sisters in Anambra State to takeover in 2021 and it is in the interest of Ndigbo that it happens.”
“This is because we will continue to look forward, we have a problem and we need to start looking forward.”
“We should not bother about the problems and challenge of the past, what is important is that the journey for 2023 has started and we are determined to succeed and I believe that we will succeed.”
“I believe that if the people of the South-East decide to show that they will like to join the governing party at the center, the government will not forget them and we have taken the step today.”
“We want to make sure that our people remain in the mainstream of Nigerian politics, so that all the benefits and whenever the things of this nation are to be shared, the people of the South-East will sit by the table and get their due”, Onu said.
“So I want to call on people of Ebonyi State and the South East to start thinking APC. I said this because Mr. President thinks very well of our state and our zone.”
“Mr. President is working on Aba-Port Harcourt road, the Second Niger Bridge used for a political campaign before is now a reality. The bridge is important for the economy of the people of the South East. And the president wants the Second Niger Bridge to be realized in this second tenure.”
“I want to assure you that I will use the position given to me for the service of our people, I want to place it on record that I will continue to give selfless service to our people.”
“The moment I cannot do that, there will be no other justification for me to remain in public service. For me, public service is working for the common good, working for the best interest of our people. That is the pledge I gave in the past and that is what I am giving now and that I will continue to do as long as I live”, he said.
He also thanked the people of the South-East, especially the APC family for the love, support, and solidarity given to him as the leader of the party in the zone.
According to the minister, the thanksgiving gathering marks a turning point in the decision to rebuild APC, so that by 2023, Ebonyi will take over.
“We thank God that APC now has a House of Representatives member which means that APC will be stronger in the state and it is by working together that we can achieve this.”