Presidential Poll: Ohaneze Ndigbo endorses Atiku/Obi ticket

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Barely three weeks to the February 16, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Ime Obi Ohaneze Ndigbo has finally ratified the decision of the Ohaneze National Executive Committee (NEC) to adopt the Atiku Abubakar/ Peter Obi ticket in the 2019 presidential election.

The group which made its decision known in a communiqué it issued at the end of its meeting in Enugu yesterday and signed by its President General, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, stated that the fact that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) being a major political party in the country, nominated its son, Chief Peter Obi as the Vice presidential candidate had given Ndigbo an opportunity for inclusivity saying that Ndigbo must seize the moment.

The communiqué further recalled that the presidential candidate of PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar had made an avowed commitment to restructuring of the federation and reconfirmed same during his recent visit to the United States in his meetings with high-level US officials.

“In consideration of the above and other relevant existential factors pertaining to the treatment of the Igbo in our polity,  the Ime Obi Ohaneze, therefore, hereby ratify the decision reached at the Ohaneze National Executive Committee (NEC)meeting held in Enugu on Tuesday 22 January, 2019, to adopt the Atiku Abubakar/ Peter Obi ticket in the 2019 presidential election. Ime Obi therefore endorses and embraces fully, this ticket without equivocation, especially with regards to the position of Ndigbo  at the AWKA Declaration which insisted on a complete restructuring of the Nigerian polity”, it said.

The communiqué however urged Ndigbo to see their PVCs as their most potent tool to ensure a restructured polity and for a better society.

It added that the meeting further called on the international community to help to ensure a free and credible 2019 elections in Nigeria while urging all Igbo to come out and vote and to protect their votes.

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