The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday endorsed the Labour Party’s Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, saying it is the southeast’s turn to produce the next Nigerian President.
According to Ohanaeze, the South East of Nigeria will produce the president in 2023 based on the principles of rotation and zoning of power in Nigeria, which have been in place since 1999.
The group stated that its determination to win the general election in 2023 has been constant, consistent, and unequivocal.
In a related development, Chief Charles Udeogaranya, a former presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, has warned Nigerians that if they do not vote for the right candidate in 2023, they will face poverty, concrete hardship, and acute economic austerity.
Meanwhile, Nigerian students have pledged to mobilize 10 million votes across the country for Labour Party (LP) candidate Mr. Peter Obi in the 2023 presidential election.
It’s South East turn—Ohanaeze
According to a statement by Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia, National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo has canvassed to various eminent persons in Nigeria, seeking their support for the president from the South East come 2023. We are delighted by the responses from various groups and highly placed patriotic Nigerians.
“Ohanaeze works in collaboration with the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), comprising the Afenifere, PANDEF, Middle Belt Leaders, and Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by an elder-statesman, Chief E K Clarke. The group in its quest for Nigerian unity, peace, and sustainable national development has endorsed Mr. Peter Obi as their candidate for the 2023 general elections. “Therefore, on the SMBLF endorsement, we stand, most irrevocably.“On the other hand, Ohanaeze took a commodity to the market and the world is clamouring for it. We are rather very excited, happy, and fulfilled that Nigeria is now in full possession of the commodity.
“The President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador Professor George Obiozor explained that Obi has filled what could have been a very sad gap. Therefore, Obi represents the Nigerian conscience, moral probity, generational hope, redemption epiphany, and above all, the Igbo collective unconscious.The philosophy of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide finds a cogent expression in the symbol of Nigerian unity and a beacon of hope as epitomized by Mr. Peter Obi.“
According to the statement, Ohanaeze’s support for Obi is based not only on equity and justice, but also on merit, competence, a track record of accomplishments, and the veritable ideas that Obi advocates for a better Nigeria.
“ A lot has been said that the Labour Party, especially as it concerns Obi has no structure. It needs to be pointed out that the Obi movement is a massive disruptive reaction against the deplorable Nigerian pathologies. People use the Obi phenomenon to express dissatisfaction with the status quo. It is a revolt against injustice, poverty, unemployment, corruption, and all forms of vicious circles that have become the trademark of Nigeria.
“In other words, every revolution is a structural change. What the Obi movement stands for is to dismantle or change whatever structure has brought us to this intractable tragedy and reprehensible denouncement; the structure that has been a knee on the neck of Nigerians. Importantly, ideas rule the world. Ideas, as you know, possess the potency to develop into an ideology, a movement, and finally to a structure. Lastly, the impotent debate on the structure has long been overwhelmed and rested by the recent events in Nigeria.”
Ohanaeze went on to say that the Afenifere’s dual endorsement, with one faction supporting Obi and the other Tinubu, is a repeat of history.
“Even in the kingdom of God, there was a faction. One represents light, truth, equity, justice, reasonableness, and a bright future while the other represents the very opposites. But, surely, history will always vindicate the just.”
Nigerians will suffer greatly if…. —Udeogaranya
The former APC chieftain’s warning came just 72 hours after the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS, revealed that 133 million Nigerians are multidimensionally poor, far exceeding the World Bank’s projection for the country.
In a statement issued yesterday in Abuja, the politician warned Nigerians who are not taking the issue of electing a credible leader seriously to reconsider the impending severe sufferings and poverty-related deaths that will engulf the country if Mr. Peter Obi of the Labour Party, LP, is not elected president in 2023.
The ex-presidential candidate urged Nigerians to reject the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as birds of the same feather and men who have outlived their usefulness and should make way for Nigeria to survive if they truly care about the country.
The politician concluded by saying “if we do not walk away from APC and PDP presidential candidates, they will walk 99.9 percentage of us into abject poverty with severe suffering”.
Nigerian students vow to turn out 10 million votes for Peter Obi.
The students, who gathered in Awka at the weekend under the auspices of the Students Obi-Datti Network (SON) for the inauguration of the network’s South East zonal and state executive members, insisted that they would never again vote for a government that would jeopardize their academic growth and development, as was the case during the previous strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
The network is made up of current and former executive members of student/youth leadership organizations such as Students Union Governments, NANS, and the National Youth Council of Nigeria, among others.
Students from universities, polytechnics, colleges of education, and other institutions of learning from the South East’s five states attended the inauguration in Awka.
Comrade Kenneth Okeke, national coordinator of the Students ObiDatti Network, stated that Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed’s aspiration had taken Nigeria by storm, adding that OBIdient students were fully prepared to mobilize 10 million votes from the SON structure across the six geopolitical zones to man the states, local governments, wards, and pooling units.
According to him, the goal of establishing the Students Obi-Datti Network in all federation states and school campuses was to have foot soldiers spread the message of hope and redemption that Peter Obi and Datti Ahmed represent.
Okeke said: “We are poised in deepening the conversation of domesticating the deployment and penetration of Students Obi-Datti Network, in the tertiary institutions through voter education, booth-to-booth mobilization, awareness and sensitization campaign in all the polling units within and around campuses across the nation.
“Our resolve to support the Obi-Datti agenda is borne out of the consistency between his words and his antecedent while holding sway as governor of Anambra State and his intellectual disposition towards the challenges facing Nigeria.
“Obi, during his consultation and campaign across the North and the South, has always dealt with issues and he has cited the vast land of the North as the new oil well of Nigeria, and his thoughts on changing the sharing formula to production formula.”
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