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News - South East - Enugu Updated: August 12, 2022

Tinubu Free To Seek South East Votes, Says Ohanaeze

By Ikpechukwu Ojobor
August 12, 2022
Ohanaeze Ndigbo
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Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu is free to seek votes from the South East ahead of the 2023 election.

An Igbo group, Coalition of South-East Youth Leaders, (COSEYL), had asked promoters of the Tinubu Presidency to keep off the South East zone.

However, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council in a statement on Friday warned COSEYL against stoking unnecessary political tension in the zone.

Ohanaeze Youth National President, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike, in the statement, said it was unjustifiable for any person to ban Tinubu or any other person from soliciting for votes in the South East.

He said Ohanaeze would not sit by and watch any form of divisive politics, which he described as the major factor that has kept Nigeria down for such a very long time.

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The Ohanaeze youths maintained that “every Nigerian reserved the right to campaign for candidates of their choice, by marketing such a person convincingly to the electorate.

“Politics of bitterness and acrimony will not take Nigeria anywhere, especially as the country is presently operating at its lowest ebb.

"There is no doubt that the country has never been this divided and this is why campaigns should be on issues and not ethnicity.

“Having said this, we make bold to say that Tinubu’s promoters are free to campaign for him anywhere in Igboland.

“Similarly, other presidential candidates should also have a smooth sail in taking their campaign to every part of the country.

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“Ndigbo remain a very accommodating tribe in Nigeria, known for their hospitality and we are never going to lose that status in spite of provocations.

“All we demand from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is a transparent process through which Nigerians would freely make their choice.

“We advise all interest groups in the South East, under whatever guise, to exercise restraint and not take actions that would lead to regrets in the future."

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