- The Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide has distanced itself from a media report claiming it gave the PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, conditions for support ahead of the 2023 elections
- The Apex Igbo socio-political organisation described the report by the 'Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide' as false and should be disregarded
- In a tweet shared on Sunday, June 12, via its Twitter page, the Igbo group noted that it is under one leadership which is led by Prof George Obiozor
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On Friday, June 10, Apex Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said Igbo people would only support the presidential candidate of the People Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, if he chooses someone from the South East as his running mate and with a pledge to ensure that the zone produces his successor after four years.
Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, made this statement in Abakaliki after a meeting with PDP national support forum led by Dr. Ahmad Musa and the World Igbo Youth Congress led by Dr. Francis Anagha-Ufuoma, The Guardian reports.
He insisted that PDP remains the only party for Igbos to achieve Igbo presidency in 2027.
Ohanaeze gives conditions to support Atiku’s presidential bid
Isiguzoro noted that the consultative meetings were the aftermath of the presidential primaries of the political parties for the 2023 general election, which led to the emergence of Atiku of the PDP, Mr. Peter Obi of Labour Party and Bola Ahmed Tinubu of All Progressives Congress (APC) as the presidential candidates of their parties.
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He noted that supporting the candidate of the APC means that the southeast would wait for another 16 years to produce the president.
Ohanaeze sends message to Nigerian youths
He further urged Ndigbo, especially the youth, to aggressively obtain their PVCs before the closure of the exercise.
Speaking, Musa urged Ndigbo not to dump the opposition party, which they joined hand to form in 1998 through Dr. Alex Ekwueme’s G34, saying PDP remains the only party for Igbos to achieve Igbo presidency in 2027.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide reacts to the media report, gives new update
In a new development, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide dismissed the claims of support for Atiku's ambition as well as his running mate by Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, through a tweet shared on its Twitter handle.
On Sunday, June 12, the Apex Igbo socio-political organisation also distanced itself from the 'Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide' group, while noting that it has only one leadership which is led by Prof George Obiozor.
The tweet reads:
"Our attention has been drawn to this publication purportedly from Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide. We wish to state categorically that Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide has only one leadership which is led by Prof George Obiozor. Any other person that parades himself as President General of..."
"Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is an impostor and agent of destabilization.
"At no point did Ohanaeze ndigbo worldwide issue any condition to any one.
We are still committed to Igbo Presidency & our stand remains steadfast. Kindly disregard this publication!
Kindly note that this story has been updated to reflect the reaction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide.
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The ambition of Kingsley Moghalu, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), has ended following the victory of Dumebi Kachikwu at the primary of the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
At the end of the presidential primary of the APC conducted in Abeokuta, Ogun state on Wednesday, June 8, Kachikwu, the younger brother of Ibe Kachikwu, the former minister of state for petroleum resources, floored Moghalu and eight other aspirants.
The ADC candidate polled polling 977 votes, while Moghalu claimed 589 votes as announced by organisers of the primary.