Crisis in Ohanaeze Ndigbo over Atiku's endorsement

Crisis in Ohanaeze Ndigbo over Atiku's endorsement

- A crisis is brewing in the Ohanaeze Ndigbo over the group's endorsement of Atiku Abubakar

- The secretary-general of the group came out to deny an earlier report that the group will support the PDP presidential candidate in the election

- The group's deputy national publicity secretary, however came out to affirm the group's endorsement of Atiku

The apex-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, seems to be falling apart as members disagree over the group's endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi.

Few days after the group announced its endorsement of Atiku, the secretary-general of the body, Uche Okwukwu, has denied that the group will be supporting the PDP presidential candidate in the forthcoming election, Leadership reports.

Okwukwu said: “The Ohanaeze Ndigbo never held a meeting of the Ime-Obi where we endorsed any candidate for the 2019 presidential election.

“Secondly, if we are holding the Ime-Obi meeting, we normally inform members before hand and in the meeting we also set up a communiqué committee that drafts the resolution or communiqué arising from the meeting which will be presented before the general house for ratification.

“No such thing was done and anybody purporting to have had any Ime-Obi meeting where Alhaji Atiku Abubakar was endorsed as our presidential candidate are on their own.

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“When we meet at the Ime-Obi meeting we shall choose a candidate and you know that we have Igbo sons and daughters from Igbo land who are contesting the election and we are not limiting it to Igbo candidates. But in the interest of Ndigbo we should support President Muhammadu Buhari for the second term and that is the only way to get to our promise Land."

However, the deputy national publicity secretary of the group, Chuks Ibegbu, dismissed Okwukwu's claims. He insisted that majority of the votes by members of the Ime-obi at the meeting agreed to support Atiku apart from a few in the minority group who disagreed.

He said: "There was only one agenda for the meeting. And it was about which presidential candidate to be endorsed. And even though some members said we should not adopt any candidate, the majority said we should, and, it was the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar that was favoured.

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“So, it is wrong for anybody who has contrary view to start saying it in the public. Majority will always have their way while the minority will only have their say." earlier reported that the former Abia governor, Chief Orji Kalu, berated Ohanaeze Ndigbo for endorsing the presidential candidate of the PDP Abubakar Atiku.

Kalu expressed his disappointment with the group on Sunday, January 28, in an interview with newsmen in his Camp Neya country home in Igbere, Bende local government area of the state. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better.

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