The Anambra chapter of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has thrown its weight behind the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2019 presidential election.
In a press conference on Wednesday in Awka, Anambra State, the chairman of the group, Damian Okeke-Ogene, described other Igbo candidates for the position as “trying to go to Lagos from Awka by bicycle.”
Damian-Okeke noted that the group would back Atiku Abubakar’s bid for the exalted seat in 2019.
“You know in this presidential race that some contestants are like somebody trying to go to Lagos from here by bicycle, while others are like somebody trying to do the same journey by aircraft,” he said.
“So, we have chosen the person we shall support in that election based on his acceptability, capacity and chances to achieve [a] result.”
It added that ”The journey to 2019 has started and is gathering momentum.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo has earlier made its stand clear in line with the South East Summit held on 21st May 2018 at Ekwueme Square, Awka, tagged ‘Ekwueme Square Declaration,’ to support every effort towards restructuring the country to give every zone a sense of belonging and promote equity, justice and fairness that would give Ndigbo and every other part of the country a sense of belonging.
“In line with this, Ohanaeze Ndigbo resolved to support any political party and candidate with a manifesto of actualising the restructuring.
“This is why Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State chapter, is declaring total support for the choice of Mr. Peter Obi, the former Governor of the state, as the running mate to the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
“We want to use this opportunity to congratulate the Peoples Democratic Party and their candidate for the wise choice of our own son, Peter Obi, which has gained worldwide acceptance and commendation.”