The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has advised the Igbo to only identify with candidates that have the intention of restructuring Nigeria if voted into power in 2019.
The group also said that it did not endorse the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, for this year’s presidential election.
This was disclosed in Enugu on Thursday by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, Chuks Ibegbu, at a media briefing to mark the second anniversary of the current executive of the organisation.
Ibegbu said that the clarification became necessary following misconceptions on the event of November 14, 2018, when some Igbo leaders endorsed Atiku for Nigeria’s topmost job.
Some Igbo leaders had, during a meeting in Enugu attended by Atiku and the national leaders of the PDP including the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, endorsed the formr vice president.
Ibegbu, however, clarified that the said endorsement was done by the friends of Atiku, adding that the organisation had not endorsed any particular candidate.
“However, due to our peculiar circumstance in the country, we will identify with candidates that will restructure Nigeria if voted into power,” he said.
Ibegbu noted that within the two years in office of the Chief John Nwodo led Ohaneze Ndigbo, “we have given our modest contribution by re-jigging Igbo leadership and issues concerning our people”.
“This has earned the president general an award as ‘Bridge Builder of the Nation’, which will be presented to him on Jan. 17 by Daily Independent Newspapers,” Ibegbu said.