The Ohaneze Ndigbo, the cultural umbrella for the Igbo in Nigeria’s southeast, says it is the region’s turn to produce Nigeria’s president.
Alex Ogbonnia, the group’s national publicity secretary, said this in a statement he issued on Sunday. Ohaneze said it is officially endorsing Labour Party presidential candidate Peter Obi, based on the position of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF) to which it belongs.
The group explained that the SMBLF had earlier declared support for the southeast region to produce Nigeria’s next president and, for which reason, Ohaneze is supporting Peter Obi.
According to Ohaneze, it’s grounds for supporting Obi is that “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.”
It added that Òbí represents “Nigerian conscience, moral probity, generational hope, redemption epiphany, and above all, the Igbo collective unconscious.”
“Ohanaeze brought a commodity to the market, and now the world is clamouring for it,” the group said, adding that it’s support for Obi is “based on equity and justice, merit, competence, a track record of accomplishments, and the veritable ideas that Obi espouses for a better Nigeria.”
In addition, Ohaneze said the Obidient Movement is “a massive disruptive reaction against the deplorable Nigerian pathologies.”
“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 stated.