The Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, has explained why the South-East needs to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term ambition.

According to him, the zone would stand a good chance if it backs President Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.

Mustapha declared that re-electing President Buhari in 2019 would fast-track South East’s quest to produce the President of the country.

The top government official made this declaration on Sunday at a reception organised for the Permanent Secretary, Cabinet Affairs Office, Mr Georgina Ehuria, by the former governor of Abia State, Orji Uzor Kalu.

Responding to a statement made by Kalu, that Igbo have decided to give 75% votes to President Buhari if he decides to run for a second term in office, Mustapha said the South East will not regret voting massively for Buhari in 2019.

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The SGF told Kalu: "You made allusions to the fact that the South-East would support Buhari.

"Let me confirm to you that for any thought of Igbo presidency, this is the shortest part.

"I have been in this game in the last 35, 37 years. I can attest to it. I know what it is, I know the permutations. I know what is on ground and I am an election manager.

“I know how you can commute, how you can fix the figures and how they come and arrive at the destination. And I can tell you without any fear, without any iota of doubt that the shortest path to an Igbo presidency is for Buhari to complete his tenure and now engage the Igbo nation in a decisive move".

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Those who attended the event include the Head of the Civil Service of the Federation,  Winifred Oyo-Ita, Minister of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, former governor of Ekiti State and All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Chairman (South ), Engr. Segun Oni, former Minister of State, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chuka Odom.

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