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A philanthropist and Managing Director/CEO of Beltij Nigeria Limited, Tijani Usman, has deplored what he called the deliberate relegation of the South West in the scheme of things by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the 2019 general elections, Atiku Abubakar.

In a statement, he accused the former vice president of ‘over-concentrating’ his campaign in the South East where his running mate and erstwhile governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, hails from.

Claiming that the action was already brewing bad blood and division, he reminded the Waziri Adamawa that the South East alone could not deliver him.

Usman recalled that since the choice of Obi as running mate, the presidential hopeful had met with Igbo leaders and promised the region much, including infrastructure to the detriment of the South West and the other four zones.

However, the Atiku/Obi Vanguard has promised to deliver no fewer than one million votes for the PDP candidates and Governor Ifeanyi Okowa.  

Delta State coordinator of the group, Mr. Umukoro Jonathan, disclosed this while addressing a strategy meeting of the group in Warri. 

The group, which also vowed to resist all forms of rigging in the presidential election, said it has structures across the 25 councils of the state.

Umukoro said that members of the group were experienced politicians with grassroots impact and connections to attract support for Atiku, Okowa and other PDP candidates in the state, adding that “any attempt to rig the 2019 election would be resisted by members of the group, as the electoral law now provides for the instant announcement and transmission of the result from the polling units and ward levels in the presence of all stakeholders.

But Usman, owner of the flourishing group with diverse interests in gold mining, furniture, water, blocks, fishing and poultry in Nigeria, South Africa and Mozambique warned Atiku to retrace his steps.

He urged the South West to be politically awake and choose wisely in the coming elections as their decisions will determine if the region will continue to enjoy the benefits of good governance or go back to the days of total neglect.


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