Arising from a well-attended meeting, the Igbo highest decision-making body, ImeObi Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Thursday endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, for the February 16, 2019, presidential election.
In a communiqué, the body said the endorsement of Atiku was in its collective search for a man that was just, egalitarian and inclusive.
The communique signed by the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo, reads in part, “The Ime Obi Ohaneze Ndi Igbo met today, Thursday 24 January 2019, at the Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu, to further deliberate on the future of Ndigbo in the chequered history of a beleaguered country.
“After a critical and dispassionate appraisal of the issues and the visible fault lines in our polity, including the analysis of the election manifestos of the various contesting parties, especially with regards to the restructuring of the federation and continued relevance of our people in the Nigerian geopolitical space, the meeting resolved as follows:
“That Ohaneze notes particularly that a major political party (PDP) by the nomination of our son Peter Obi as the vice presidential candidate has given Ndigbo an opportunity for inclusivity. Ndigbo must seize the moment;
“That the presidential candidate of PDP Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has made an avowed commitment to the restructuring of the federation and reconfirmed same during his recent visit to the United States in his meetings high-level US officials;
“In consideration of the above and other relevant existential factors pertaining to the treatment of the Igbo in our polity, the Ime Obi Ohaneze, therefore, hereby ratify the decision reached at the Ohaneze National Executive Committee meeting held in Enugu on Tuesday 22 January, 2019, to adopt the Atiku Abubakar/ Peter Obi ticket in the 2019 presidential election. Ime Obi therefore endorses and embraces fully, this ticket without equivocation.”