THE apex socio-cultural organization, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has considered the commitment of the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar to restructuring of the polity, a promise he reinforced in the US and endorsed him for the 2019 election.
Arsing from a meeting in Enugu Thursday, the Ime Obi, the highest organ of Ohanaeze stated that it considered that the nomination of Peter Obi as PDP vice presidential candidate “has given Ndigbo an opportunity for inclusivity and Ndigbo must seize the moment.”
A communique signed by the President General of Ohanaeze Chief John Nnia Nwodo, noted that:
the meeting by the Imo Obi was in continuation of its search for a polity that is just, egalitarian and inclusive, country and to further deliberate on the future of Ndigbo in “the chequered history of a beleaguered country.”
Incidentally, the Ohanaeze meeting was held at the Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu, on the day President Muhammadu Buhari was flagging off the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential campaign.
Nwodo noted that the decision to endorse Abubakar was reached, “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 communique also noted that: “In consideration of the above and other relevant existential factors pertaining to the treatment of the Igbo in our polity, the Ime Obi Ohanaeze, therefore, hereby ratify the decision reached at the Ohaneze National Executive Committee (NEC) 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, especially with regards to the position of Ndigbo at the Awka Declaration, which insisted on a complete restructuring of the Nigerian polity.”
While urging Ndigbo to see their voters card as tool to ensure a restructured polity and for a better society, Ohanaeze called on the international community to help to ensure a free and credible 2019 elections in Nigeria.