Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo has stated that Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi has the support of 18 governors and former presidents.
The assertion was made on Wednesday in a statement by Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide and made available to pressmen.
According to him, the Peter Obi movement is geared toward taking the country back from the "days of locusts" and "selfish politicians".
“This is a movement to take back Nigeria from the days of locusts, greedy and selfish politicians.
“It is a movement to rescue the country from adversity, economic slump, ASUU strike, insecurity and corruption.
“Nigerians have demonstrated readiness to take back their country through the ballot box and it behoves the INEC to make the votes count.
"The PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and others are startled by the soaring popularity of the Labour Party’s Presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, especially after the Obidients’ Independence Day rallies across the country cutting across ethnicity and religious lines.
"The mammoth crowd took the different cities of the country by storm.
“As we speak, about 18 Governors from the North and the South, cutting across party lines, are behind the scenes putting up structures for Obi to win the 2023 election.
"In addition, some former Presidents and elder statesmen are in support of Obi’s candidature.
“They are all convinced that Obi has something different from all the other candidates.
“We are glad that for the first time in the recent past, Nigerians are united in the dethronement of misgovernance in Aso Rock.
"They are determined to make a political change through the ballot box with a third force presidency.
“This is the first time we are seeing such a strong political movement in Nigeria that is not being sponsored by politicians, rather the masses own the project.
“You have seen the mass movement across the country and beyond; you have seen even children, the persons with special needs, the aged, everyone is part of this movement”, Isiguzoro said.