- Ahead of the February 16 presidential election, the candidacy of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi has received the support of a southeast union
- According to the union, the candidacy was a de-triabalised one and would engender unity and progress of the country
- The union also said it would keep supporting any party that would rescue Igbo from marginalisation
The Association of South-East Town Unions (ASETU) has endorsed the candidacy of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 presidential poll.
The endorsement was contained in a communiqué issued in Enugu state at the end of an extraordinary expanded meeting of its National Executive Council (NEC), the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The meeting held at ASETU secretariat in Enugu on Sunday, January 27, produced a three-page document signed by eight NEC executives of the association.
The group agreed that in line with the association’s natural disposition for self-survival, it would continue to support those who mean well for the southeast and Nigeria at large.
The group said: “That the wide acceptance of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi combination, a detribalised team, committed to the unity, peace and progress of the country by the people of southeast at home and abroad for the February 16 election is hereby endorsed by the town unions.
“This is in alignment with the earlier position of Ohaneze Ndigbo and in completeness of the Igbo man’s grassroots oriented and egalitarian nature. That our position is predicated on our conviction by the consistent promise of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to 'restructure’ the country for the good of all Nigerians
“We are further motivated by the meritorious choice of an illustrious and credible Igbo son, Peter Obi as the vice presidential candidate, a position that has been denied the Igbo nation for over 40 years.
“That as custodians of the grassroots, the town unions shall rise up in defence of the wishes of the majority of our people and stoutly resist any attempt by a few discredited individuals and political merchants who are attempting to trade off the southeast for their personal pecuniary interests."
They urged Ndi Igbo to take their destinies in their hands by trooping out to vote for the Atiku/Obi ticket in all their places of residence across the country.
The group decried the marginalisation of Ndi Igbo evidenced in the complete exclusion of the zone in appointments to critical positions of authority such as the national security council.
The statement also disclosed: “On federal projects, we also note that there is a grand design to totally cut off the southeast in the ongoing rail projects of the present government."
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The communique was jointly signed by its national president, Chief Emeka Diwe; national secretary, Gideon Adikwuru and chairman, board of trustees, I I Onwubuya.
Other signatories are Chief Paully Eze, Chairman, president-generals of Enugu state; Chief G U Mgborukwe, chairman, president-generals of Abia gtate and Chief Ugochukwu Akpa, chairman, president-generals of Ebonyi state.
Others are Chief Jimie Asoegwu, chairman, president-generals of Anambra state and Chief Monday Ikokwu, secretary-general of president-generals in Imo state.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that APC rubbished the endorsement of the candidacy of Atiku Abubakar by leaders of the Ohanaeze Ndi Igbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta forum, the Middle Belt Forum, and a faction of Afenifere.
Festus Keyamo, director, strategic communications, APC presidential campaign council, on Sunday, February 3, the ruling party alleged that the endorsement of Atiku was orchestrated by PDP sympathizers.
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