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Igbo World Union Distances Itself From Endorsement of Peter Obi
Following the declaration of support of Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and Igbo Leaders of Thought, the Igbo World Union has distanced itself from the action.
In a communiqué read out on behalf of Ndigbo by Olisa Agbakoba, the union said it is not part of the endorsement of the People Democratic Party(PDP) Candidates for the 2019 presidential elections, Vanguard reports.
According to reports by Daily Trust, the president-general of the union, Mishak Nnanta, spoke on Thursday, November 15, telling Igbo elders they could not put all their eggs in one basket.
“Ndigbo have not decided on which direction to vote in 2019 be it PDP or APC Presidential candidate, and no fewer individuals or stakeholders should mortgage the political future of Ndigbo as they did in 2015, So, Igbo World Union as the dependable body of Ndigbo in general did not support the stand of our elders who gathered themselves in Enugu on Wednesday 14th, Nov.2018 and unanimously endorsed Alhaji Abubakar as the preferred presidential candidate of the people of south east in forthcoming election.
“We distance ourselves from such stand and categorically want to use this opportunity to state that Ndigbo have not endorsed any presidential candidate be it President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC or Alhaji Atiku of the PDP. At the right time, we shall gather and make our stand known to the whole world.
“We know our challenges and are ready to negotiate either with Mr. President (Buhari) of the APC or Alhaji Atiku and any of them that meet our demand will surely have our bloc votes in February 16th, 2019 election. And these include creating additional state to bring the total number of states in south east to six. Ndigbo will not be carried away by euphoria of vice-presidential candidate, an additional State Creation is better than that”.
The Ohaneze Ndigbo Group and others who had endorsed Peter Obi had said their support was because the PDP had promised to restructure the country.