Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, stated Tuesday that the completion of the Second Niger Bridge and the construction of capital projects by President Muhammadu Buhari’s regime has validated some of them for voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He advised the Igbo to avoid playing exclusionary politics and putting all of their eggs in one basket at every political turn.
“The first Niger Bridge was built in 1965 under Tafawa Belewa’s regime, when our late brother, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, was president, and it results from that political alliance.”
“During the war, some portions of the bridge were blown up with mines in order to stop the federal troops from crossing over and after the war a second bridge became imperative.”
“When I was here as governor, the then president sent some contractors and said that the bridge would be built and that was in 2005. But this man (Buhari) we brought him here for campaign and I told the people of the South East that this man would construct the second Niger Bridge and rebuild Enugu Airport. We did not believe it but he did it.”
Ngige added, “We played bad politics in 2015 and in 2019 yet the APC government brought infrastructure to the South East like the Enugu-Port Harcourt Road, Enugu-Abakaliki Road, and the Federal Secretariat.”
“All of us should not be in one political party, some would be here and some would be there and if some people are not in the same party with you, don’t call them saboteurs because Late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and even Dr. Micheal Okpara did the same thing and we must come back to that old political culture that we left for long.”