11th September, 2021
Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State has said the All Progressives Congress, APC, is not interested in Igbo presidency.
Uzodinma spoke while dismissing claims of APC zoning its presidential ticket to the Southeast ahead of 2023 general elections.
Appearing on Channels Television on Friday, Uzodinma said APC is looking for a Nigerian president.
Asked if APC is committed to zoning the 2023 presidential ticket to the South-East, he responded: “We are not looking for an Igbo President. We are looking for a President of Nigeria.
“We as a party APC believe what we are practicing here is partisan democracy and every politician must be loyal to his party.
“At the end of the day, it is the decision of the party that you belong to that will matter.”
Speaking on President Muhammadu Buhari’s visit to the state, the governor said the visit has nothing to do with the 2023 elections.
Uzodinma said Buhari was simply on a working visit and commissioned projects while in the state.
“Our people came out to receive the president who visited Imo State in solidarity with the governor of Imo State. It has nothing to do with the 2023 election or politics.
“We only received the president who came on a working visit, commissioned projects and had an interaction with us,” Uzodinma said.
While in the state, the president had promised to help Uzodinma fight insecurity.
Buhari also met with Igbo leaders and stakeholders during a Town Hall meeting.