2023: Why We Are Supporting Peter Obi’s Presidential Bid – Ohanaeze
Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has revealed the reason it is backing the presidential ambition of the Labour Party (LP) flagbearer, Peter Obi.
According to the Secretary General of the group, Okey Emuchay, Ohanaeze is backing the Obi presidency as a way of ensuring equity, fairness, and justice for the people of the South East.
Emuchay said this on Wednesday in Umuahia during the inauguration of the new executive of the Abia State chapter of the socio-cultural group.
He asserted that Obi remains the choice of Ohanaeze, adding that the apex organization had robustly engaged with other parts of the country to support an Igbo to emerge as the next president.
Emuchay said the organization traversed the country and engaged with various political stakeholders, but at the end of the day the two major political parties overlooked Ndigbo in the choice of their presidential candidates.
He said the rest of Nigeria should not be treating Igbo as if they do not belong when it comes to occupying the highest office in the land and other sensitive positions.
He pointed out that the South West zone was assuaged with the presidency in 1999 following the injustice done to them when the presidential election was annulled in 1993 and the winner, M.K.O Abiola, later died in unexplained circumstances.
According to him, such deliberate political arrangements could have been applied to the South East in the run-up to the 2023 poll if there was sincerity for Igbo inclusiveness in the Nigeria project.
The Ohanaeze scribe asserted that the organization is not talking of the Igbo presidency but a president of Nigeria from the South East.