Hon. Jude Chukwuemeka Idimogu, representing Oshodi/Isolo Constituency 2 in the Lagos State House of Assembly has assured south easterners of the presidency after Bola Tinubu’s two-term tenure as president.
Idimogu, who was recently elevated as the Apex Leader of the Ndigbos in Lagos State, made this known in an interview with journalists recently held in Lagos.
He told his fellow Easterners that power is not served to allocate; hence, they must all struggle to achieve it.
“By the time Tinubu is through with his two-term tenure, he would look at how he could support the South East.
“The People of the South-East should know that positions are not just given, they must struggle for it, and that they were not struggling enough.
“Also, South-East should know that they must work in tandem with other tribes, they must collaborate and that is the only way they can get it. Either they work with the South West or the North.
“The leaders of the Yorubas in this state would continue to control the state. The Ibos should fall in line with Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the APC in Lagos State and it shall be better for all of us.
“Once you support the party, you will get something,” while promising that 70% of the Ibos in Lagos State would vote for the APC in 2023,” he said.
He said that time had come for the Ibos to be more interested in politics and support the party in power.
The lawmaker declared that the South Easterners were being mobilised to support the All Progressives Congress (APC), which he said could give them better chances politically.
“We have started already, the train has left the station. We have been visiting all the local governments in Lagos State to tell the Ibos that things have changed.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is not our father’s party. There is no similarity of the letter in Ibo and the PDP. So, the PDP is just an old platform for the Ibos, APC is the new platform, they are now a national party.
“Today, APC is the party that is ruling in Nigeria and they rule in Lagos State. Instead of us to protest that we are being marginalized, thank God, the word “marginalized” is no longer being mentioned, I don’t know what happened. If you say somebody marginalises you, do you marginalise yourself?
“Today, it is my joy that by the grace of God, He has put me in a little higher level in Lagos State politically. It is my duty to go round and tell them that we will gain a lot when we are fully involved in politics,” he said.
Idomogu explained further that a typical Iboman is a businessman, and that they are not concerned about the government.
He said that Ibo men are more concerned about making money unlike Hausamen, who he said to carry their transistor radio all about and listen to the news,
This, he stated was why Ibo people are seen everywhere in terms of business, and trading every day, adding that an Ibo man goes out in the morning and comes back late in the night.
The lawmaker revealed that it was his job to meet the Ibos in their workplaces and tell them that they should create time for politics and let them know the benefit they would get from such.
“I am not saying you should leave your business, but you don’t say politics doesn’t concern you and when they make policies that negate your business you start crying.
“So you must make room to know what politics is all about and you must try to influence those that are making policies that concern what you are doing.
“One policy can kill your business if you are not interested. It is high time they came out. I am not saying that all of them should contest elections, but you can influence political activities.
“We must now look at where we are, we are in Lagos State, let us look at the party that is controlling government in the state, it is APC. If we are even looking at a party that can give Ibos chance at the presidency, it is the APC.
“The PDP has done it before for former president Goodluck Jonathan, but he is not an Ibo man he is a minority from the South-South. We are looking forward that this great party, APC can offer Ibos an opportunity for the presidency after our National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu might have gone there and spent eight years.
“If you look at it, the South West is more prepared for the presidency in 2023 and we are believing that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has a better chance,” he said.
Idimogu added that they were are still waiting for Tinubu to declare his intention and that they are preparing the ground for him and were willing to support him.
Also speaking, Chairman of Council of Ezes in Lagos State, Eze (Dr) Christian Uchechukwu Nwachukwu, said that Hon. Jude Idimogu is ready to mobilise the Ibos in the state for the APC.
Nwahuckwu, who said that he was crowned by the late Oba Adeyinka Oyekan of Lagos in 1999, emphasized that Hon. Jude Idimogu would correct the past anomalies amongst the Ibos in the state.
“The Governor of Lagos State did us proud by recognising Hon. Idimogu as the Apex Leader of Ndigbos in APC in Lagos State and the issue of mobilising the Ibos in the state would not be the same again.
“The issue of the indigenes suspecting the Ibos would no longer be there because the man is a grassroots mobiliser, a canvasser.
“He has been going around marketing APC to Ndigbos all over the state and we are solidly behind him. All the Igbo community leaders are behind him and we are proud of that,” he said.