- Another section of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has declared its support for President Buhari's second term bid
- The group endorsed the president's reelection in Aba, Abia state where he visited in continuation of his campaign
- The chairman of Aba traditional council, Isaac Ikonne, also called on all indigenes of the state to vote for the APC presidential candidate
Another section of apex-Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, led by secretary-general, Uche Okwukwu, has endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari for second tenure.
Okwukwu had earlier flayed the endorsement announced by his chairman, Chief John Nwodo, in support of the Peoples Democratic Party. He announced the adoption of President Buhari as the true Ohanaeze candidate who will be formally recognised as such at a coming event at the Aso Rock Villa.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that the endorsement of President Buhari was made on Tuesday, January 29, in Aba, Abia state where the president visited in continuation of his presidential campaign.
According to Garba Shehu, senior special assistant to the president, the second endorsement was made by the chairman of Aba traditional council, His Royal Majesty, Isaac Ikonne, Enyi 1 of Aba.
Ikonne, called on all indigenes of Abia state to vote for the APC presidential candidate.
He said the Igbo people would remain loyal and committed to President Buhari for the payment of pensions to ex-Biafran security personnel and for the administration’s policy on ease of doing business which, the traditional ruler said, had benefited the Igbo more than any other ethnic group.
Ikonne also referred to the massive infrastructural development going on throughout the southeast as another reason for endorsing President Buhari.
"You love Nigeria and you need to return to consolidate your fight against the monster of corruption and to take us to the Next Level.
“I want to assure you that Aba and Abians and indeed all Igbos will massively vote for you,” the royal father told the President as he raised his hand and proclaimed him winner of the coming presidential poll," he said.
On his part, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, welcomed the existing “synergy” between the federal government and his state which he said, had come with enormous gains that are cherished by the government and the people.
President Buhari who took his presidential rally to Aba, said the southeast deserved more and more infrastructure.
He promised he would continue to give priority to infrastructure in the region as impetus to the spirit of industry, hard work and competitiveness for which the Igbo are known. The president said: “They deserve more and more infrastructure to further excel.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that former Abia governor, Chief Orji Kalu, berated the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, 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.
He said that the John Nwodo-led executive of the organisation betrayed the people’s trust and exposed the body as being partisan.
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