- A pan-Igbo political group has asked Igbos to ensure President Buhari is reelected in the next elections
- According to the group, the second term of Buhari is very significant for the growth of the Igbo society
- The political group faulted Ohanaeze Ndigbo on its endorsement of the PDP's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar
Igboezue Cultural Advancement Initiative, a pan-Igbo political and socio-cultural group, has urged Ndigbo to vote massively for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The national leader of the group, Chief Chekwas Okorie, said this in a news conference on the “Stand of the Vast Majority of Ndigbo” on Thursday, January 31, in Enugu state, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Okorie said that it was politically expedient for the Igbo electorates all over Nigeria to vote massively for President Buhari on Saturday, February 16.
He said: “We urge the Igbo electorate who amount to about 30 million voters across the country to join hands with other Nigerians to have a major stake in the imminent victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election.
“We must not be the odd group out of the imminent victory celebration. As a critical stakeholder, we must earn our claim to be supported to produce the president of Nigeria in 2023. Ndigbo are not cut out for the opposition.
“The very political leaders in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who are misleading our people into putting all their eggs in the PDP basket will be the first to jump ship and abandon them and relocate to the ruling party. We are used to their kind and we know them."
Okorie however, criticised the leadership of Ohanaeze for going into political partisanship by adopting the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, under the cover of its decision making body, Imeobi Ndigbo, on Thursday, January 24
He noted that the unfortunate adoption and endorsement of Atiku was embarrassing and ridiculing to the Igbo nation as politically naive and pedestrian in their collective political strategy.
He wondered what manner of desperation would persuade those who gathered at Enugu state to desecrate the memory of the great Zik of Africa by choosing to sideline the historic and epoch-making event of the commissioning of the Zik Mausoleum in favour of the adoption of Atiku.
He noted that Ohaneze leadership allegedly erred since it was an undeniable fact that the PDP manifesto had no provision for the restructuring of Nigeria.
“There is also no evidence of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which Ohaneze reached with Alhaji Atiku," he said.
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According to him, the fact that there are 33 Igbo sons and daughters contesting for presidential and vice presidential posts in the 2019 presidential election makes the purported Imeobi political misadventure a monumental tragedy.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the PDP reacted to the the criticism trailing the endorsement of Atiku for the February 19 election, by Igbo social political group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
The chairman of Atiku/Obi campaign council for the presidential election in Anambra state, Oseloka Obaze, at a media parley ahead of PDP campaign rally in Onitsha, chided those who kicked against the endorsement.
Obaze said the critics lacked political courage, adding that Chief Nnia Nwodo-led Ohanaeze had not erred for making the decision ahead of the crucial general election.
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