Ohanaeze Ndigbo Didn’t Endorse Tinubu – Official
By: Femi Mustapha
The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said it has not endorsed the All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the 2023 elections.
In a statement signed by the group’s Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the group refuted the media publication that Ohanaeze endorsed the candidacy of the APC flag bearer.
Isiguzoro said “Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide has acknowledged that the top contenders for the 2023 Presidential election have some level of admiration which is worthy of emulation and that does not mean that it’s an endorsement.
“What was misinterpreted as an endorsement was a clarion calls for a change in the attitudes of APC Southeast Governors and Senators, whose activities de-marketed the Southeast in the APC primaries”.
“Ndigbo was ashamed to admit that an APC Southeast Governor, who led APC to their defeats in Edo and Anambra governorship elections spearheaded the aspiration of a Northeast aspirant against the Southeast aspirants in APC primary”.
“And a former governor and APC Senator who is scheming for the position of Senate President against the southeast’s quest for 2023 presidency, both of the APC Southeast leaders should turn a new leaf and emulate the APC presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s patriotism and commitment which had repositioned Southwest from an impoverished political position in 2011 to the lofty height of admiration in 2022”.
According to Isiguzoro, Ndigbo will officially declare openly the candidate who is entitled to Igbo votes in 2023.
“We affirm that two of our own, one is a Labour Party’s presidential candidate, and the other is a PDP vice-presidential candidate. Nobody will throw out the people’s movement for any reason.
“And on this note, it’s the Imeobi’s decision of Ohanaeze Ndigbo then rectify by the general assembly of Ohanaeze will stand as the official position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the 2023 election, but for now there is no endorsement of any presidential candidate for now”.