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Apex Igbo social-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has distanced itself from a recent publication purportedly made by the Ohanaeze Women Wing purportedly endorsing the candidature of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) as Igbo candidate in the forthcoming Presidential election on Saturday, the 25th of February, 2023.
A statement issued by it’s spokesman, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia said the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, presided over by it’s Secretary General, Ambassador Okey Emuchay, sat at the National Secretariat, No 7 Park Avenue, GRA, Enugu on Friday, February 17, 2023 and reaffirmed its irrevocable support for Mr. Peter Obi, the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party as sacrosanct.
Ogbonnia maintained that Ohanaeze stand is in resonance with the right-thinking patriotic Nigerians and indeed the global community that Peter Obi stands out as the most suitable, competent, visionary, inspiring and energetic presidential candidate for the forthcoming general election.
He stated that Obi is not only an exceptional convergence of history, equity and public consciousness, but also a moral edifice, purveyor of excellence, a quintessential public administrator, and the embodiment of the new Nigeria that we all crave for.
‘Emuchay expressed deep shock that while the Afenifere, Pan-Niger-Delta Forum (PANDEF) Middle Belt, the Muslim Clerics, and indeed all those who want to salvage Nigeria from the current cesspit, have united in the Obi/Datti movement, the Ohanaeze Women Wing would embark on a mission that is completely at variance with the Interest and position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
‘Ohanaeze Ndigbo vehemently dissociates itself from such an unwarranted unconscionable and subversive endorsement of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP).’
In addition, ‘We reiterate that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide would not condone acts of insubordination and sabotage from any of its officers and affiliates.
“We wish to use this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to the Youths, the courageous elder statesmen, the market women, the Clergy, Clerics, artisans, Nigerian students all over the country, the international community and indeed all the oppressed and deprived masses in Nigeria for their invaluable supports to Mr. Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed.
‘As Obi has often stated, this election is yours and that he is only a vessel to achieve a better Nigeria. Ohanaeze Ndigbo urges Nigerians to ignore all forms of distractions and troop out en-mass on Saturday February 25, 2023 to discharge your civic duties in favour of Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed