The group said the Igbo have exported Obi to the rest of the country.
Labour Party Presidential candidate, Peter Obi
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has declared that the Labour Party Presidential flag-bearer, Peter Obi, is no longer an Igbo project.
This was disclosed by the National Publicity Secretary of the organisation, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, who noted that the Igbo had exported the frontline candidate to the rest of Nigeria.
Ogbonnia also stated that the Nigerian people have accepted and domesticated the Obi phenomenon.
Igbo consultation: He said this following the recent visit by some Igbo elders to the Sultan of Sokoto and the President-General of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, to intensify consultation and concretise plans for an Igbo presidency in 2023.
Ogbonnia’s word: “As you must have heard, some Igbo elders are doing some consultations. We are still insisting on Igbo presidency. In the first place, if you watch the polity, you will see a lot of advocacies about Igbo presidency by Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“We, the Igbo people, are so happy. We brought out our goods in the market and Nigerians bought them. What else do you expect us to do? We are happy. All Igbo are happy.
“Throughout last year and the year before, we have been talking about the Igbo presidency. Ohanaeze struggled to bring it to the fore. Luckily for us, Nigerians have bought it and domesticated it. Our product has been purchased.
“It is clear that the candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, is no longer an Igbo project. He is now a national project. Ohanaeze has pushed out the matter to the rest of Nigeria,” he said.
Igbo’s interest is paramount: In a related development, the factional Chairman of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos Branch, Chief Solomon Ogbonna-Aguene, said Igbo people would only cast their votes for a candidate that holds dearly the interest of the South-East.
He also advised Igbo indigenes in Lagos not to ‘put their eggs in one basket’ while trying to support a presidential candidate.
Ogbonna-Aguene added that the Lagos chapter of Ohanaeze Ndigbo had agreed to only vote for a presidential candidate who would better the lives and change the fortunes of Igbo residents in the state.
His word: “Ndigbo in Lagos should not put their eggs in one basket. We must be mindful of what we say. Whoever you vote for should be able to change your life for the better. Also, we have to know the person with the interest of Ndigbo at heart; one who prioritises Ndigbo. That is the one we will vote for the presidency.