- The leadership of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing has denied endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term
- The leadership said its visit to Aso Rock was conceived out of its desire to contribute to the ongoing national discourse aimed at getting the best for Ndigbo in the forthcoming polls
- The leadership further warned mischief makers to desist from recasting the speech made by its acting national leader to mean a tacit endorsement of the incumbent president
Following a visit to the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, the leadership of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing has denied endorsing President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term, during the visit.
Some individuals and other Igbo youth groups had accused the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing of working against the interest of Ndigbo, Vanguard reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the leadership, however, explained that it did not endorse the president, saying that its visit to Aso Rock was “conceived out of our desire to contribute to the ongoing national discourse aimed at getting the best for Ndigbo in the forthcoming election aimed at getting the best for Ndigbo in the forthcoming elections.”
In a statement signed by its acting national leader, Dr Kingsley Dozie, and national publicity secretary, Chief Osmond Nkeoma, the leadership pointed out that they have no right and the mandate of Ndigbo to endorse President Buhari or any candidate for that matter, saying that the final decision of the political direction of the Igbo nation as it concerns the 2019 election rests with the apex arm of Ohaneze Ndigbo.
The statement read: “Naturally, in the course of our visit, we thanked him for the few things he has done for Ndigbo in the areas of infrastructure and security especially during the just conclude yuletide. We never endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019."
The leadership warned "mischief makers to desist from recasting the speech made by our acting national leader Kingsley Dozie to mean a tacit endorsement of the incumbent president, or foreclosing the candidacy of any of the gladiators in the forthcoming elections,” as it insisted that its visit to the president was in the “overall interest of Ndigbo”.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that youths of the southeast region under the umbrella of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths Council kicked against the plan of the Nigerian Army to launch Operation Python Dance III in south-east during the 2019 general elections.
The group said this in a statement issued in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi state capital, by Mazi Obinna Nwankwo, northern coordinator, and Rev Bobby Ezemuonye, southern coordinator of the youth council.
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