Addressing those who insist that only Igbo from the Southeast are qualified since zoning is done on regional basis, the brochure said Amaechi coming from South-South gives him a unique advantage. “In addition, he also has the unique advantage of being not only Igbo but a Niger Deltan. This means that Amaechi could also find favour with those currently insisting that the next President should come from the South-South on the basis that their region only completed one elected term under President Goodluck Jonathan. “There are some in other parts of the country who may find it more politically expedient to throw their lot behind a South-South candidate than behind a “traditional” Igbo man. “As much as Amaechi’s tribe
and geo-political zone give him an advantage, he also has the advantage of being a candidate who is a true national figure – recognized all over Nigeria, with friends and allies across the length and breadth of the country. “Some people vying for office also have recognizable names
but are identified so resolutely with their tribe or zone that they cannot be effective n a t i o n a l c o n s e n s u s candidates. “ F e w o f A m a e c h i ’ s contenders have had the same
opportunity or share the same disposition that allows him to travel to every state of the Federation, forge alliances and build relationships. “Beloved by his people in the Niger Delta, he is also embraced by the South East as a true Igbo son and lauded in the South West for providing the Lagos – Ibadan railway system which has been a source of pride and renewed economic activity in the region. The North see him as a friend, a truly detribalized Nigerian who does not discriminate against tribe or religion and who has worked tirelessly to support President Muhammadu Buhari.” Amaechi said the cap fits him because he has a “thorough u n d e r s t a n d i n g o f t h e complexities of the nation – the challenges of balancing the interests and influences in a country of different persuasions, traditions, cultures, religions.”
“While others fan the flames of ethnic tension for their own selfish political advantage, Amaechi has consistently championed national unity, i d e n t i f y i n g e t h n i c divisiveness as an obstacle to progress.”


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