Chief Chekwas Okorie, National Chairman of the United Progressive Party (UPP) has predicted heavy defeat for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2019.
“I believe APC has shot itself in the foot. It will lose so badly in the next election in the way no incumbent government has ever lost in the history of this country”, Okorie said.
Okorie added that there will be a lot of upsets in the next general elections.
“One thing I can predict accurately is that no one party is going to have an overwhelming control of say the National Assembly”, he noted.
The UPP Chairman lamented that the APC “has gone too far with its bad attitude in governance” and accused the President Muhammadu Buhari led government of marginalizing the South-east.”
“How will Nigeria be operating a security council in which no Igbo man is a member? It has never happened. It is APC government that has done it for the first time in the history of this country”, he told Sun.
“And in spite of protestations, even non-Igbo people have said that this is the height of injustice. Yet, government is not concerned, they don’t care. They even want to inflict more pain on the people that are complaining.
“Tell me how Nigeria can continue like that. This is what you get when it is one party controlling everything. So, they behave as they like.”
On the 2014 national conference, Okorie said though majority of Nigerians looked forward to the implementation of the recommendations, their wish may never see light of the day.
“Those recommendations were not as exhaustive as many would want them to be. But over 600 recommendations, touched on so many aspects of our national life that would have balanced this country better than it is today.
“They would release the potentialities of many federating units and ethnic nationalities to develop at their own pace, to engage in the very healthy competition that would bring out the comparative advantages for development of the country.
“The APC that even has progressive in its name, participated from their state levels because they control 24 states, out of the Nigeria’s 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, contributed what they considered their best teams to the national conference.
“And so, one may say that those decisions were reached by a majority of the APC governors. And the same APC controls the National Assembly by majority.
“So, for the President of Nigeria to dismiss that document and say that he has not read it; that he would not read it and that it was going to be confined to the archives, was the biggest tragedy that befell Nigeria at the beginning of his government.”