The Igbo sociocultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has reacted to the snub of Igbo candidates by the major political parties — the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party.
This was contained in a statement issued on Saturday, July 2, by the Ohanaeze President-General; Professor George Obiozor, published via National Publicity Secretary of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr Alex Ogbonnia.
Specifically, it was titled, “What does Nigeria want from Ndigbo?”
According to him, the South-East presidential aspirants in the two mainstream political parties had lost in the primaries with some not getting any vote.
Also, this was despite the overwhelming agitation for the region to produce the next president based on equity; justice and fairness, and in the spirit of rotational presidency between the North and South.
While Bola Tinubu, the former Lagos State Governor from the South-West, emerged the presidential candidate of the ruling APC; former Vice President Atiku Abubakar from the North-East emerged the PDP presidential candidate in elections that were allegedly ‘dollarised’; that is, for the highest bidder.
Equally important, the former Nigeria’s Ambassador to the United States of America, said; “Now it is clear that the Nigerian national political elite have successfully orchestrated to deny the South-East an opportunity to produce the president of Nigeria come 2023.
“By this machination, some Nigerian leaders have demonstrated gross historic injustice towards Ndigbo, beyond our expectations.”
Consequently, Obiozor, who is convalescing in a Dubai hospital, stated that Nigeria; by its deliberate injustice, has failed the Rotary Club International four-way tests; “which are: First – Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the TRUTH? Second – Is it FAIR to all concerned? Third – Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? And Fourth – Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”
But urging Ndigbo not to lament much but wait for the verdict of history; the Ohanaeze chieftain expressed his conviction that in the end; this political manipulation would end in “a Pyrrhic victory for those who rejoice and celebrate injustice.”
Meanwhile, Obiozor also thanked Nigerian statesmen and patriots across the country, who supported the idea for the South-East to produce the president of Nigeria in 2023, based on Nigerian proven history of rotation of power between the north and the south as well as commitment to equity, justice and fairness.