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  • Updated: November 21, 2022

2023: Ohanaeze Ndigbo Speaks After Officially Endorsing Peter Obi

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has spoken on its decision of endorsing the Labour Party presidential candidate, Peter Obi.

News of the apex Igbo socio-political organisation endorsing the former Anambra governor hit the internet on Sunday and the group has stated the reason for backing him.

According to them, Obi represents “Nigerian conscience, moral probity, generational hope, redemption epiphany, and above all, the Igbo collective unconscious.”

Speaking in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Dr Alex Ogbonnia, it stated that Obi had filled what could have been a sad gap if he had not been on the ballot.

“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.

“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.

“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 disclosed that its decision to support Obi is not 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.”

“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", it added.

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