Ahead of the 2015 presidential election, the former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New PDP, Chief Chukwuemeka Eze, has described a Muhammadu Buhari and Governor Rotimi Amaechi joint ticket as the best for the All Progressives Congress.
Eze explained that though the party delegates and leaders of the APC had the power to determine who would represent them as presidential and vice presidential candidate in the 2015 election, it was necessary for them to make the right choice.
Eze, who is currently the spokesman for the state APC Chairman, Dr. Davis Ikanya, expressed these views in an interview with journalists in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.
While expressing his reservations on a Muslim-Muslim ticket for the APC, Eze stressed that a winning ticket should feature a Muslim as a presidential candidate and his running mate as a Christian.
He described Amaechi as a strong factor in determining who would win the presidential election next year and maintained that the Rivers State governor had acquired the necessary political stature to influence the outcome of the presidential poll.
“I have read a lot about a probable Muslim-Muslim ticket in the party, but that is not advisable in the present circumstances in the interest of a united nation and mission to rescue Nigeria from the shackles of the impunity.
“The winning ticket is one that features a strong candidate of Muslim extraction and a strong candidate of Christian background. A Buhari-Amaechi ticket would just be perfect. I don’t see how Goodluck Jonathan and whoever is paired with him can survive in a free and fair contest against Buhari and Amaechi”, Eze said.
According to the ex-spokesman of the defunct nPDP, the APC was standing on a two-legged stool; Legacy Group and the nPDP group, noting that Buhari belonged to the Legacy Group.
He said, “We of the New PDP Group have conceded the National Chairman’s seat to the Legacy Group (Chief John Odigie-Oyegun) and if Buhari, who is also a member of the Legacy Group, gets the ticket, then it becomes imperative that we in the New PDP must be given the Vice President’s slot.
“However, if Atiku Abubakar or Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, who are also members of the New PDP gets the ticket, we of the New PDP family should graciously concede the VP ticket to the Legacy Group in the spirit of equity, justice and fairness which are the principles in which APC was established”.
Eze, however, expressed the need for the APC Leadership to unite with a view to rescuing the nation from the hands of those he called some cabals, who had hijacked governance in the country.
“The fate of our country can only be ratified and put back on track if APC leadership and members unite to get PDP sacked by 2015. If not, the woes ahead on all of us may be difficult to describe.
“We have done too much talking. The fact remains that should APC lose out in the 2015 general election, but God forbid, the true colour of President Goodluck Jonathan will be revealed to Nigerians and the heat may be unbearable”, he added.