At last Ohanaeze endorses Atiku /Obi for 2019
By Steve Oko
After months of speculations, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has finally endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Peter Obi as the consensus candidate of Ndigbo for the exalted positions.
This position was taken by the decision-making body of Ohanaeze, the ImeObi Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Thursday in Enugu.
According to Ohanaeze, the endorsement of Atiku was in its “collective search for a man that was just, egalitarian and inclusive”.
Ohanaeze in a communique after the meeting of Imeobi in Enugu said it was confident Atiku /Obi presidency will restore Nigeria.
The communique was signed by the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo, and read in part, “The Ime Obi Ohaneze Ndi Igbo met today, Thursday 24 January, 2019, at the Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu, to further deliberate on the future of Ndigbo in the chequred history of a beleaguered country.
“After a critical and dispassionate appraisal of the issues and the visible fault lines in our polity, including the analysis of the election manifestos of the various contesting parties, especially with regards to the restructuring of the federation and continued relevance of our people in the Nigerian geopolitical space, the meeting resolved as follows:
“That Ohaneze notes particularly that a major political party (PDP) by the nomination of our son Peter Obi as the vice presidential candidate has given Ndigbo an opportunity for inclusivity. Ndigbo must seize the moment;
“That the presidential candidate of PDP Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has made an avowed commitment to restructuring of the federation and reconfirmed same during his recent visit to the United States in his meetings high-level US officials.
“In consideration of the above and other relevant existential factors pertaining to the treatment of the Igbo in our polity, the Ime Obi Ohaneze, therefore, hereby ratify the decision reached at the Ohaneze National Executive Committee meeting held in Enugu on Tuesday 22 January, 2019, to adopt the Atiku Abubakar/ Peter Obi ticket in the 2019 presidential election. Ime Obi therefore endorses and embraces fully, this ticket without equivocation”.
Meanwhile, the action of Ohanaeze has continued to receive applauses from Ndigbo across the globe.
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