Abia State Governor, Chief Theodore Orji, on Tuesday declared that President Goodluck Jonathan had nothing to fear about the opposition in the South-east geopolitical zone as he would surpass the electoral success he recorded in the zone four years ago.
The governor, who was fielding questions from journalists after a meeting of the state coordinators of the PDP Campaign Organisation, South-east zone held at government house Umuahia, said Jonathan still enjoys the love of the people of South-east, which is a crucial factor in the poll.
“The president is on ground in the South-east and there is no doubt he will win overwhelmingly,” he said,” adding, “the president is loved in the whole of the South-east” and more so in Abia where the First Lady has her roots.
“But even where the odds favour Mr. President in the South-east, the campaign team is not taking things for granted hence Governor Orji, who is the campaign coordinator for the zone said he invited the state coordinator to a meeting “to strategise on how we can win the general election.”
According to him, the coordinators discussed and analysed “our deficiencies” and identified the party’s strengths and weaknesses with a view to plugging any possible loophole in the run up to the February 14, 2015 presidential poll and the subsequent ones.
While acknowledging that the PDP was being buffeted by crisis in Enugu and Ebonyi over the choice of the governorship candidates, the governor noted that “in Enugu it has been sorted out and in Ebonyi, I believe that it is going to be sorted out before the elections.”
Orji, who is also the chairman of the South-east Governors Forum, stated that President Jonathan had done much for South-east and would do more in the next dispensation hence the preparedness of the zone to sustain their support.
Among the state coordinators that attended the meetings include the Ebonyi State Governor, Chief Martin Elechi, Minister of State for Education, Prof. Viola Onwuliri, Deputy National Chairman, South east, Col Austin Akobundu (rtd), among others.
On the attitude of people to the collection of the Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), Orji called for a change of attitude, saying the people should know that their voting power depended on the possession of the PVCs.