Former Anambra State governor Chris Ngige has castigated Igbo leaders for standing by the PDP despite the fact that most Nigerians wanted change, pointing out that Ndigbo sell themselves for short term gains.
Senator Ngige said it was unfortunate that Ndigbo went with the status quo when the rest of the country was yearning for change. Last Saturday, the southeast was the only zone that returned all its senators from one party, delivering all its seats to the PDP.
Dr Ngige said: “I must thank all those who remained steadfast in APC because playing opposition can be frustrating and tempting. Although I was receiving overtures from the ruling party, the PDP, I rejected them because the principles on which we formed that party were jettisoned and bastardised.”
A senior member of the APC, Ngige had been tipped to become senate president but this cannot happen now that he lost his seat. Prior to the elections, the APC had zoned the senate presidency to the southeast but the zone will now lose out as all of its 15 senators are from the new opposition PDP.
Ngige added that it had not been easy playing the politics of opposition in Nigeria, in view of the domineering attitude by those in government, pointing out that he had been in opposition for 10 years and knew how the shoe pinched.
Recall that Ngige ran for governor last year as an APC candidate but lost.