Former Governor Orji Kalu of Abia State, on Thursday said that President Muhammadu Buhari would win over 75 per cent of votes in the South-East in the 2019 general elections.
Kalu said this at an expanded meeting of the executive members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of Abia.
He said that Buhari would poll high votes because he had done for the zone what previous leaders, including former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, could not do, especially on roads.
Kalu cited the ongoing rehabilitation of the Enugu-Port Harcourt Expressway, Enugu-Onitsha Expressway and the construction of the second Niger Bridge as some of Buhari’s major projects in the South-East.
“The party has the antidote against rigging and what it takes to win the polls at all levels in 2019.
“We will never allow anybody to rig us out of elections in Abia again. We shall match them force by force and money for money,” he said.
He urged APC leadership not to be weighed down by the gale of defections from the party, saying that “defection is a personal decision.
“It is their decision to defect to other parties, but it is also our choice to remain in APC.”
Kalu stressed the need for APC to nominate credible candidates that would dislodge any opponent of its governorship candidates, in State and National Assemblies.
“The power to elect the party flag bearers is in your hands.
“Give us good candidates and we will match the powers-that-be in the state, any how they want it.
“You should not vote for aspirants on sentiments. Vote for aspirants based on their track record and proven competence.”