More knocks have come the way of former Vice President and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar after his endorsement by Ohaneze Ndi Igbo.
The Anambra State Government had disassociated himself from the endorsement. Next to follow suit is the youth wing of Ohaneze.
President General of the group, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro disclosed in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State capital that the decision reached at “Ime Obi”, the highest decision making organ of Ohaneze, was faulty because it did not follow the required constitution process establishing the Body thereby causing confusion among them.
His words: “Any decision reached by “Ime Obi” are subject to ratification at the General Assembly of Ohanaeze, that is why we the youth Council of Ohanaeze rejected their recent decision in favour of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP as the preferred presidential candidate of the zone in the 16th February, 2019 presidential election.
“So, that decision is faulty and cannot be taken and binding on the entire population of Ndigbo”,he said.
Mazi Isiguzoro further alleged that 30 members of “Ime Obi” which is the apex decision body of Ohaneze Ndigbo who took part in the decision were members of the opposition party PDP. He added that their stand on such sensitive issue like endorsement of a presidential candidate should have followed the required proceedings.
He however appealed to the people of the region and Nigerians in general particularly members of the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) to ignore the endorsement as it is null and void.
“The issue of endorsement by Ndigbo is a very sensitive issue. So a for 30 member “Ime Obi” to have sold their intellectual prowess is a thing to question and that is why we stand bold to say that they are PDP members and friends of Alhaji Atiku Abukakar. Therefore all endorsements is hereby cancelled”,he explained.
He insisted that Ohanaeze Youth council with other bodies like pro-Biafra groups would soon meet to take proper position on who would be the preferred candidate in the 16 February Polls.
“Ohanaeze Youth Council is highly disappointed and on that note we are going to meet with Pro Biafra groups to take a proper position where Ndigbo would vote as regard to the forthcoming presidential election.
“Therefore we warn the cabals to desist from taking such decision that would jeopardize the political future of Ndigbo like they did in 2015 elections”, he said.