2019: Ohanaeze Ndigbo yet to endorse any presidential candidate

January 11th, 2019

From Maurice Okafor, Enugu

The leadership of the Igbo apex socio-cul­tural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo,says it will meet very soon to decide the way forward for the Igbo nation, as regards the candidates of the parties with ‘restructur­ing agenda’ of which it would advise Ndigbo to support in the 2019 presidential elec­tion.

The Deputy Nation­al Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Mr Chuks Ibegbu and Chief Emeka At­tamah, the Special assistant on Media to President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo,Chief John Nnia Nwodo,dropped this hints at a media briefing to unveil the achievements of the present leadership of the organization under Chief Nwodo in the past two years.

Their joint press statement states, ‘For the 2019 Elections, Ohanaeze has been canvass­ing for Ndigbo to identify with candidates that are ready to restructure Nigeria. We shall stand on that and in the next few days, we shall meet to take a holistic position on 2019’.

They debunked specu­lations that Ohanaeze Ndigbo had already en­dorsed Alhaji Atiku/Mr Peter Obi presidential ticket some months ago, at a pub­lic function held at Nike lake hotel Enugu,stressing that the Nike lake event was not packaged by Ohanaeze Ndigbo but a gathering of Igbo leaders cut across the political class, technocrats,political associ­ates and friends of Alhaji Atiku and Peter Obi.

Ibegbu explained, “It is erroneous to say that we endorsed Atiku. Ohanaeze Ndigbo did not endorse anybody. That meeting at Nike lake Resort was orga­nized by friends of Atiku”.

‘However, due to our peculiar circumstances in the country, We will iden­tify with candidates that will restructure Nigeria if voted into power’.

Reacting further, Chief Emeka Attamah, the Spe­cial assistant on Media to Ohanaeze President General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo stressed that Chief Nnia Nwodo coinciden­tally appeared at the Atiku/Obi event at Nike lake held the same date he returned from his oversea trip and was not part of the packag­ing. But this time around,the real stand and position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo which is an afterthought of consulta­tions with the ‘IMEOBI’ [in­ner caucus] regarding to the 2019 elections is what will be made known to the world,in a matter of days.

According to them, the outline of the two years achievement of Ohanaeze Ndigbo under the leader­ship of Chief Nnia Nwodo which started on January 10, 2016 includes ‘Building bridges with other ethnic nationalities of Nigeria and the restoration of the dignity of the Igbo race in Nigeria and across the globe.

They mentioned the achievements to include,’ The initiation and pursuit of the restructuring of Nigeria,a po­sition that has now become a national mantra. The estab­lishment and promotion of Ohanaeze Ndigbo activities at local, state, national and diaspora levels’.

‘ The diplomatic and deft handling of such ex­plosive issues as the quit notice to Ndigbo by North­ern Youths,the pro- Biafra agitation,the Fulani herds­.

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