The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has condemned the purported endorsement of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in the 2023 elections, by Ohanaeze’s Women’s Wing.
Ohanaeze stated this in a release issued by its national publicity secretary, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, on Wednesday.
According to Ohanaeze, “For the avoidance of doubt, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, presided over by the secretary general, Ambassador Okey Emuchay, on Friday, February 17, 2023, reaffirmed its support for Mr Peter Obi as sacrosanct.
“Ohanaeze’s stand is in resonance with the right thinking patriotic Nigerians and indeed the global community that Peter Obi stands out as the most suitable, competent, visionary, inspiring and energetic presidential candidate for the forthcoming general election.
“And that in Obi is not only an exceptional convergence of history, equity and public consciousness, he is also a moral edifice, purveyor of excellence, a quintessential public administrator and the embodiment of the new Nigeria that we all crave for.”
Ohanaeze frowned that while the Afenifere, Pan-Niger-Delta Forum (PANDEF) Middle Belt, the Muslim Clerics and indeed all those ‘who want to salvage Nigeria from the current cesspit have united in the Obi/Datti movement, the Ohanaeze Women’s Wing would embark on a mission that is completely at variance with the interest and position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo’.
Ogbonnia added, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo dissociates itself from such an unwarranted unconscionable and subversive endorsement of Atiku Abubakar.
“In addition, we reiterate that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide would not condone acts of insubordination and sabotage from any of its officers and affiliates.
“We wish to use this opportunity to express our profound gratitude to the youths, courageous elder statesmen, market women, the clergy, artisans, Nigerian students all over the country, the international community and indeed all the oppressed and deprived masses in Nigeria for their invaluable supports to Mr Obi and Datti Ahmed.
“As Obi has often stated, this election is yours and that he is only a vessel to achieve a better Nigeria.”
Ohanaeze urged electorate ‘to ignore all forms of distractions and troop out en masse on Saturday February 25, 2023 to discharge your civic duties in favour of Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed’.
Adadareporters.com reports that Ohanaeze Women’s Wing was reported to have endorsed the former vice president in a publication.