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Ohanaeze: Why We Decided To Endorse Peter Obi

Ohanaeze Endorses Peter Obi

The presidential bid of Peter Obi received a boost on Sunday following the official endorsement of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide for the Labour Party’s candidate.

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Ohanaeze Endorses Peter Obi

Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide endorsed Obi in a statement it released on Sunday night.

The Igbo body said the former Anambra governor represented “Nigerian conscience, moral probity, generational hope, redemption epiphany, and above all, the Igbo collective unconscious.”

The statement was titled ‘2023: On SMBLF Position We Stand,’ signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, noted that the Labour Party’s candidate had filled what could have been a sad gap if he had not been on the ballot.

The statement said, “In the first place, going by the principles of zoning and rotation of power in Nigeria, which have been in existence since 1999, it is the turn of the South East of Nigeria to produce the president in 2023.

“Second, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has canvassed to various eminent persons in Nigeria, seeking their support for the presidency in the South East come 2023. We are delighted by the responses from various groups and highly placed patriotic Nigerians.

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“Third, Ohanaeze works in collaboration with the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), comprising the Afenifere, PANDEF, Middle Belt Leaders, and Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by an elder statesman, Chief E. K. Clarke. The group, in its quest for Nigerian unity, peace, and sustainable national development, has endorsed Mr. Peter Obi as its candidate for the 2023 general elections.”

It added, “On the other hand, Ohanaeze brought a commodity to the market, and now the world is clamouring for it. We are rather excited, happy, and fulfilled that Nigeria is now in full possession of the commodity.”

Ohanaeze stated that it endorsed Obi not only based on equity and justice but also on “merit, competence, a track record of accomplishments, and the veritable ideas that Obi espouses for a better Nigeria.”

The apex Igbo body noted that despite concerns that Labour Party had no structure, the Obidient Movement was “a massive disruptive reaction against the deplorable Nigerian pathologies.”

People use the Obi phenomenon to express dissatisfaction with the status quo. It is a revolt against injustice, poverty, unemployment, corruption, and all other forms of vicious circles that have become the trademark of Nigeria. In other words, every revolution is a structural change,” the group added.

Meanwhile, Kanyi Daily reported that the South East and Middle Belt Forum also endorsed Obi for the 2023 presidential election.

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