Ohanaeze Ndigbo backs Peter Obi for the 2023 presidency
Before the general elections on February 25th, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization Ohanaeze Ndigbo has officially endorsed the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
Ohanaeze’s spokesperson, Chiedozie Ogbonnia, made the following statement on Tuesday: “In addition to them, other regional socio-political groups endorsed Mr. Obi during their gathering on Thursday at the Wells Carlton Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja.”
According to the statement, the Middle Belt Forum, led by its president Bitrus Porgu, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum, led by Edwin Clarke, and the Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, led by Ayo Adebanjo, were the other groups that endorsed the LP candidate during the gathering.
Ohanaeze stated that each group independently acknowledged Mr. Obi’s capacity and competence to rescue Nigeria from its current difficulties and urged Nigerians to recognize and take advantage of the unique opportunity presented by the LP candidate.
“Everyone agreed that Obi is the best thing that God has done for Nigeria this century; a game-changer, moral soldier, democracy archetype, popular Nigerian youth sentiment, abundance philosopher, resource manager, ethnic barrier-breaker, and a typical audacious Igbo icon, the group stated.
It advised Igbos to keep in mind that “politics is usually the art of choosing between reasonable alternatives, not always the art of the possible.”
The group suggested that residents of the South-East should not continue their agitation against what they perceive as the region’s marginalization and work against the LP candidate ahead of the general elections because doing so would be pointless and counterproductive.
“Is it reasonable to continue agitations based on marginalization and other forms of relative deprivation now that Nigerians are moving from a winter of despair to a summer of hope, through our son, Mr. Peter Obi?
Is it prudent to turn the gun’s barrel inward? Ohanaeze added, “And is it logical for any noble Igbo son and daughter to embark on self-destruction such as the sit-at-home syndrome, destruction of public utilities, and others?”
Even though the group does not “wax eloquent on partisan politics,” Ohanaeze stated that it maintains its earlier position that the South-East will elect a Nigerian president in 2023.
According to the group, “It is to this end, that Ohanaeze insists that going by the political culture of sharing, zoning, and rotation of power which have been in existence since the formation of Nigeria, it is the turn of the South-east to produce a president for Nigeria in 2023,” the position cannot be revoked.
Ohanaeze criticized the political parties’ “machinations” against the South-East’s chances of electing a president in 2023.
It read, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo watched with keen interest, sadness, and reproach the bourgeois cash and carry politics, conspiracy, cold intrigues, betrayals, hypocrisy, opportunism, and other forms of machinations within the mainstream political parties, against the South-east, even from the least expected.” “Ohanaeze Ndigbo watched with keen interest, sadness, and reproach.”
The apex Igbo sociocultural organization claimed that the Obi-Datti movement has transformed into the necessary structure to win the election, rejecting the claim that Obi lacks the necessary structure to do so.
“Students of political history will quickly recall that ideologies, movements, revolutions, and ultimately a political structure are the result of the ideas of talented men. Ohanaeze added, “And today, the Obi-Datti movement has become an enviable structure in Nigeria that is irreversible, irrepressible, and formidable.”