The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council has condemned the recent endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, by the Ohaneze Ndigbo led Chief Nnia Nwodo.
The Igbo youth council also said that it is dissociating itself from the said endorsement, describing it as being the position of the few people who make up the Ime Obi of Ohaneze Ndigbo.
The group’s position was contained in a communiqué issued by its executive members in Umuahia, the Abia state capital over the weekend. It condemned the action and called on the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to withdraw the endorsement.
The communiqué which was jointly singed by the group’s national secretary, Madukibe Uchenna, Chief Osmond Nkoma, the national publicity secretary, Barr. Ibegbulam Odom, the national Legal adviser and seven others, said Ohanaeze did not speak the mind of Ndigbo.
The council described the decision of Nwodo and Arthur Obiora to endorse Atiku as a divide and rule tactic, which will not better the lots of Ndigbo.
The group added that Igbo youths see the action as provocative, as they were not consulted before the decision was taken. It stressed that there is every need for the said decision to be reversed without delay.
“The endorsement of Atiku Abubarkar is provocative, repressive and uncharitable to the position of the majority of Ndigbo’s, particularly the youths at home and in the Diaspora and the decision will not stand.
We shall mobilize the youths for the upcoming election and we shall in the coming days make a public statement on the direction the Igbo youths shall follow.
The Ohaneze Ndigbo youth council also used the opportunity to call on President Muhammadi Buhari to award more developmental projects to the South-East and ensure that an Igbo man succeeds him in office come 2023.
We want to used this opportunity to call on President Buhari as a matter of urgency to commence the development of more projects in the South-Eat zone to ameliorate the suffering of Ndigbo,” the group said.