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Popular Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has asserted that despite her declaring her support for the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi who is Igbo like her, there are many other Igbo men who will not enjoy the same favour from her if they contested the same position.
She stated this during a chat with Arise TV concerning her recent letter to the United States’ President, Joe Biden, challenging the conduct of the 2023 presidential election that saw the emergence of the ruling All Progressives Congress’ Bola Ahmed Tinubu as president-elect.
The Eastern Updates reports that some spokespersons of the APC have accused her of supporting her ‘tribesman,’ describing the election as free and fair.
Chimamanda said she didn’t support Obi because he is an Igbo man, but because he demonstrated competence when he was Anambra state governor.
She said, ‘Tribesman is just an outdated and strange expression, which I think says something about whoever is using it. I think that kind of accusation is a practice of what psychologists call protecting, which means you’re doing something and you accuse someone else of doing it, even though they’re not.
‘I did not support Peter Obi because he’s an Igbo as I am. I am a person who doesn’t take positions lightly. And so, while I very much admire Peter Obi, respect him, there are many Igbo men who I admire and respect and would never vote for them as president.
‘And so my support for Peter Obi is actually rooted in real things. It’s rooted in my faith in his ability.’
She also went on to submit that President Muhammadu Buhari and Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, blew their chances of becoming the new heroes of Nigeria’s democracy.