The Coordinator, South-East Caucus, National Committee of Buhari Support Group, Sen. Hope Uzodinma, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will get 6 million votes out of estimated 8 million registered voters in the South-East in 2019.
Uzodinma at the inaugural meeting of the caucus in Abuja on Thursday said a landslide victory will be achieved through promotion of Buhari’s achievements and because it was likely that his re-election would help the region to produce the President in 2023.
He said: “The national leadership has approved the operation of this caucus and we are going to go for it, bearing in mind that if we succeed, we will smile very well in 2023.
“We are going to tag our operation, ‘Operation 2023’, meaning that by the time Mr President wins convincingly in the South-East, the name of the business will be ‘Reciprocity’. This means, I have done for you, you are now to do for me.
“Every booth in South-East belongs to some people. They have leaders and if the message is given to them in a manner that they will understand, I am sure that we will succeed.
“There is no point claiming headship; the common denominator is what would make President Buhari, out of the eight million registered voters in the South-East, to get a minimum of six million votes.
“In doing that, we have to make sacrifices and call some people to order. We will do our beat.
“For me as a person, we will try to convince and those that will willingly follow will follow.’’
He stressed that management structures would be set up at the state, local government and ward as well as booth levels, for better delivery.
“Before some of us came into the party, I was told you do not use money to do politics; now we are going to use money to do politics.
“We are going to do that knowing very well that the tradition and culture of our people require that.
“We cannot begin to learn a new culture when election is a few days away. So we will start from the known to the unknown.
“We are going to work with the President and by the grace of God, he will win in 2019.
“However, we have to establish criteria for knowing who a leader is when we get home.
“A leader is a man who wins his booth. A man who doesn’t win his booth is a pensioner. So, we will identify the right type of people that will in the front line, give us victory,” he said.