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Joe Ibokwe A Likely Replacement For Lai Mohammed

With the Wednesday November 11, 2015 inauguration of the federal cabinet by President Muhammadu Buhari, with the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, emerging as the Information Minister, there are
strong indications that the party’s spokesman in Lagos State, Joe Igbokwe, may grab the plum position.

Feelers from the APC circle in Lagos and Abuja has revealed that several factors are working for Igbokwe, an engineer, who we gather, has already started nationwide consultations to ensure that he gets the position when the party hierarchy throws it open.

Although Igbokwe could not respond to phone calls and text messages to confirm his interest in the position, one of his close associates told Daily Independent that he (Igbokwe) has indeed been making consultations among the APC leaders and groups across the geo-political zones to sell his candidacy.
The source added that Igbokwe stands a good chance of getting the position considering his wonderful performance in Lagos APC and the fact that he has no other formidable opponent so far.
The source also added that Igbokwe, a long standing chieftain of the party in Lagos understands the worings and structures of APC and enjoys strong relationship with the media for him to succeed as the party’s national spokesperson.

Newscrystal.com gathered that the party leaders are also well disposed to his getting the position as they feel that only he can equal the performance of Mohammed and is capable of matching and out-doing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Secretary, Olisa Metuh, and the propaganda machines of the opposition.
Confirming Igbokwe’s aspiration, one of his associates and National President of Oganiru Ndigbo, a socio-political organisation, James Opara, told Daily Independent that his body and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo have been contacted and are working to ensure the emergence of Igbokwe whenever the position is officially declared vacant by the party.

He described Igbokwe as a visionary leader and politician who foresaw that change was imminent in the nation’s political equation, although his South East brothers did not believe him until after the result of the 2015 general elections proved him right.
Opara also stressed that with Igbokwe’s success story in Lagos and the need to have stronger South East presence within the APC at the centre, the Igbo groups have decided to back him (Igbokwe) for the position.

When contacted, a top Presidency source was non-committal on the backing and acceptance of Igbokwe’s aspiration by Aso Rock. He however did not deny the Presidency’s awareness of his  interest.
The source however maintained that considering his excellent performance in Lagos, Igbokwe will do the job of APC National Secretary very well and therefore will not be stopped by both the party leaders and the Presidency if he is indeed interested in the position.

According to him, “I think Igbokwe will be a good spokesman for APC. He has proved himself in Lagos State already and the central plane will be good for him.”