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Ndigbo should forget 2019 presidency —UPP chieftain 


By Chidi Nkwopara

OWERRI—A social critic and chieftain of the United Progressives Party, UPP, Professor Protus Nathan Uzorma, has advised the agitators for a president of Igbo extraction in 2019, to discard the idea, as it remains a tall dream.

File: President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo in Aso Villa

Professor Uzorma, who made his feeling known during a press conference in Owerri, however, advised that “Ndigbo should rather begin to organize themselves for the 2023 presidential race, instead of embarking on a wild goose chase in 2019.”

It was his considered opinion that since the sitting president is constitutionally entitled to a second tenure and would definitely go for it, it would be a mirage for Ndigbo to achieve the feat.

The UPP chieftain, who dismissed the All Progressives Congress, APC, administration in Imo State as “a disaster that has impoverished the masses over the years,” also warned that “it would only take divine intervention to rescue the state from its current state in abyss.”

Speaking on the nation’s democratic engineering since 1999, Uzorma  noted that although the nation had made some giant strides within the period, a lot still needed to be done to differentiate it from military despotism.

After taking a critical look at the nation’s economy, Professor Uzorma lamented that the exchange rate of the Naira had continued to slide.
stressing that this situation has disastrous economic consequences to Nigeria and Nigerians.
“Where are we heading to and what is the future of our nation and its citizens?Before President Muhammadu Buhari came on board, our economy was a little bit stable but it is no longer so toady”, Uzorma lamented.
Answering a question, the UPP chieftain opined that the fall in the prices of oil may have contributed to the current economic mess because Nigeria runs an oil-based economy.

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