Pro-buhari group lauds Ohanaeze for clearing po­si­tion on Atiku

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - Ihuoma Chiedozie

The Zik­ist-buharists Move­ment, a group work­ing for the re-elec­tion of Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari, has com­manded Ohanaeze Ndigbo for deny­ing re­ports that the pan-igbo as­so­ci­a­tion had endorsed the pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of the Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.

There were re­ports that Ohanaeze, the apex so­ciopo­lit­i­cal body of the Ig­bos, endorsed Abubakar at a meet­ing of Igbo po­lit­i­cal lead­ers at Nike Lake Re­sort, enugu, on Novem­ber 14.

how­ever, the Deputy Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary of Ohanaeze, Mr Chuks Ibegbu, at a re­cent me­dia brief­ing, ex­plained that the as­so­ci­a­tion did not en­dorse Abubakar at the event.

“It is er­ro­neous to say that we endorsed Atiku. Ohanaeze Ndigbo did not en­dorse any­body. That meet­ing at Nike Lake Re­sort was or­gan­ised by friends of Atiku,” the Ohanaeze spokesman had said.

In a state­ment on Sun­day by its act­ing Zonal Sec­re­tary, God­win On­wusi, the Zik­ist­buharists Move­ment com­mended Ohanaeze for the clar­i­fi­ca­tion.

“The Zik­ist-buharists Move­ment is com­mend­ing Ohanaeze Ndigbo for re­fut­ing the news that the or­gan­i­sa­tion endorsed Atiku Abubakar, as er­ro­neously can­vassed.

“We are happy with Ohanaeze’s clar­i­fi­ca­tion be­cause it is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary fol­low­ing mis­con­cep­tions on the event of Novem­ber 14, 2018, where some spin doc­tors spread the news that Igbo lead­er­ship had endorsed the can­di­dacy of Atiku for the 2019 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion,” the state­ment read.

The group noted that it was not “po­lit­i­cally cor­rect” for Ndigbo to en­dorse Abubakar.

It added that by deny­ing the re­ported en­dorse­ment of Abubakar, Ohanaeze is ad­vanc­ing the col­lec­tive in­ter­ests of Ndigbo, par­tic­u­larly the quest for an Igbo to emerge as Pres­i­dent in 2023.

“ZBM’S com­men­da­tion of the Ohanaeze lead­er­ship is pred­i­cated on the tru­ism that it is not po­lit­i­cally cor­rect for Ndigbo to en­dorse Atiku, given the pre­vail­ing po­lit­i­cal sce­nario of ro­ta­tion of Pres­i­dent be­tween North and South, es­pe­cially where two Fu­lani Mus­lim broth­ers – Buhari and Atiku – are fron­trun­ners in the 2019 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

“We are en­thu­si­as­ti­cally grat­i­fied that the Ohanaeze lead­er­ship has come to terms with real pol­i­tics un­like in 2015 when they placed all Igbo eggs in one bas­ket.”

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