- The national auditor of APC has criticised the Ohanaeze group for endorsing Atiku Abubakar for the presidential post
- According to Muoghalu, the group repeated the mistake it made in 2015 with the support it gave to the PDP presidential candidate
- Muoghalu said the endorsement was unfortunate and was without the agreement of all Igbos
Chief George Muoghalu, the national auditor of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has condemned the Ohanaeze Ndigbo for endorsing the candidacy of Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP).
The national auditor said this in an interview with This Day on Thursday, March 14, while adding that the Igbo group should not have made the mistake that happened in 2015.
He said the endorsement was very unfortunate and that shame is on the Ohaneze group for what they did, saying some Igbo never supported what they did then.
He said: “The endorsement was unfortunate and has remained very unfortunate because the fear we expressed then has come to be. The shame is on Ohaneze now, but we warned against it based on the experience we had in 2015. What Ohaneze has succeeded in doing was to sadly repeat the mistake of 2015.
"It is most unfortunate but it has happened. Fortunately, the president did not relate to us in 2015 based on the endorsement of Ohaneze because he knew that some of us did not agree with them and the same thing is applying now.
"Some of us did not agree with them and will never agree with them. Today, we are exonerated. Our fears are confirmed because they would not have dragged us through the same path we followed in 2015 if they are reasonable."
Muoghalu also emphasized the need for the Igbos to be well prepared to get the presidency come 2023.
He said: "It is not about rejecting Mr President, but a case of more people not believing in our party, the APC. However, I have always warned that power is not given but taken. You have to work for it. So, it is clear to us from the South-East that we need to work for power if we want to get it in 2023. It cannot be served on the table to us because it is our turn.
"We have to convince people to win a platform during the primaries and that was why we shouted on top of our voices that for things to be a little easier for the region, we need to demonstrate our commitment to the party to stand on a very high moral ground to make a demand.
"It is obvious that we have the challenge of convincing our compatriot and party leaders on why power should shift to the South-East. We are going to work towards it."
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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that Atiku and his running mate, Peter Obi, were endorsed for the February 16 presidential election by the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
The endorsement which was signed by the organisation's president general worldwide, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, was contained in a communiqué issued on Thursday, January 24
Legit.ng also gathered that the communiqué was issued at the end of the Ime Obi Ohaneze Ndigbo meeting which took place at the Nike Lake Hotel in Enugu, to further deliberate on the future of Ndigbo.
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