A stalwart of the governing All Progressives Congress, Prince Paul Ikonne, has disclosed that leaders of the party from the South Eastern region are constantly being mocked by the Peoples Democratic Party over President Muhammadu Buhari’s failure to appoint people from the region.
Mr. Ikonne, who spoke with journalists on Tuesday in Abuja, however, expressed optimism that the South East will get its due rewards soon.
“To be very honesty with you we are under pressure, serious pressure, because the PDP people and those that didn’t believe in the APC are just mocking us but we are not disturbed”, he said.
He also said PDP supporters are trying to create the feeling of disappointment and disaffection among the supporters of the APC in the South East.
He, however, called on APC supporters to remain calm, assuring them that the president would fulfill his promise to them.
“During campaign he came to South-East and he made promises and I believe he will keep to his promises. I have no doubt in my mind that when Mr. President turn to South-East he will balance the equation.
“Don’t forget that there still some key positions left that he has not filled, so I am optimistic that at the end of the day he will do justice to the South-Easterners”, he said
Ikonne, who was the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria’s candidate in the 2011 governorship polls in Abia State, also commended President Buhari over the appointment of the new Group Managing Director of the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, Emmanuel Ibe Kachikwu.
He said the choice of Mr. Kachikwu was a good one because he has the qualities to help the president actualize his vision and mission for the NNPC.