Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka
Apex Igbo group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, on Wednesday, declared total support for the choice of a former Governor of Anambra state, Mr. Peter Obi, as the Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The state’s President of Ahahaeze Ndigbo, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene gave the position of the group during a pressing briefing at the Anambra State Chapter Secretariat, Awka.
He said that though Ohanaeze was not a political organisation, it is however committed to the political future of Ndigbo, South-East and Nigeria.
He congratulated the PDP and its candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for the wise choice of Anambra son, Peter Obi, a choice he said had “gained worldwide acceptance and commendation”.
Recalling Ohaneze’s stand during the May 21 South-East Sumit, in Awka, tagged, ‘Ekwueme Square Declaration,’ to support every effort towards restructuring of the country to give every zone a sense of belonging and promote equity, justice and fairness that would give Ndigbo and every other part of the country a sense of belonging, the state’s Ohahnaeze leader said the PDP’s choice fell into the demands of the group.
He further said, “In line with this, Ohanaeze Ndigbo resolved to support any political party and candidate with a manifesto of actualizing the restructuring.
“This is why Ohanaeze Ndigbo Anambra State Chapter is declaring total support for the choice of Mr. Peter Obi, the former Governor of the State as the running mate to the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“We want to use this opportunity to congratulate the People’s Democratic Party and their candidate for the wise choice of our own son, Peter Obi, which has gained World Wide acceptance and commendation.
“We equally congratulate Nigerians for voicing out their general acceptance of the joint ticket, irrespective of party affiliations, showing that their acceptance got across political, religious and tribal divides.
“It is heart-warming to state here that in far away Chicago USA, where I attended the just concluded ASA-USA Annual Conference, the news of the choice of Mr. Peter Obi as the Vice Presidential Candidate was received with standing ovation and also the World Igbo Congress in USA has clearly declared support for the joint ticket.
“I want to point out that the so called dissenting voice in the South-East will definitely work with entire Ndigbo to achieve the set agenda.
“We assure Nigerians that there is nothing to lose sleep about as Ndigbo is strongly united towards restructuring and repositioning the country to take its rightful position in Africa as the giant and power house of the continent as well as engender stable and progressive political culture for future generation.”
Ogene made it clear that Ohaneze Ndigbo would give the same attention and consideration to any other major political party that work within the aspirations and agenda of Ohaneze Ndigbo.
He, however, advised Atiku and the PDP to ensure that other key political positions were evenly distributed across the political zones of the country to carry everybody along.