- Chief Nnia Nwodo said Igbos supported Atiku Abubakar for presidency because of his promise to restructure the nation
- The Ohaneze Ndigbo chieftain said the group only worked with popular demand
- Nwodo said they had no regrets supporting the candidate of the PDP
The Ohaneze Ndigbo has said that it has no regrets endorsing the candidacy of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi for 2019 presidency.
The group had rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term bid and supported the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party.
The Sun reports that Chief Nnia Nwodo who is the president general of Ohaneze Ndigbo spoke in Enugu where he explained that Atiku received support of the group because of his promise of restructuring.
He said after consultation with presidential candidates, the group realised that only Atiku has plans to restructure the country.
Nwodo said since his people wanted restructuring as well as people from the south south and southwest, he had to work with popular demand.
He said the voting pattern of the southeast, south south and southwest shows that restructuring was important to them.
The Ohaneze chieftain spoke about the protests by some leaders from the region on Obi's selection as running mate, saying it was misplaced.
He said: “Peter Obi’s personal qualifications assailed those misgivings. Obi as governor is still arguably the best in this generation. If you go to Anambra, you will see how Peter Obi has improved infrastructure in the state.
“Obi attracted international financial organisations, increased human capital development, built savings, quickened growth of agro-based industry and assembly plant for vehicles. Peter Obi is something to celebrate in Igboland. Do not diminish his accomplishments.”
He also condemned the treatment of Igbos in Nigeria saying Boko Haram terrorists were treated with kid gloves while members of the Indigenous People of Biafra were being hounded.
The Igbo leader said that the people of the southeast should be allowed to develop at their own pace.
Legit.ng gathered that Nwodo noted that he did not believe in power sharing formula as being canvassed by many leaders from the south.
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