Ohaneze Ndigbo speaks out on Atiku’s Candidacy

-O. Adejo

Apex pan-Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo have denied a purported press release which claimed that the group would work against the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar at the 2023 elections.

In a press statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Dr Chiedozie Alex Ogbonna, he recanted the report circulating in national dailies as false.

The statement reads, “The attention of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has been drawn to a reckless publication currently circulating in the media indicating that Ohanaeze Ndigbo “blasts Atiku and vows to work against his PDP candidacy in the 2023 polls; and that Atiku Abubakar, will never become Nigeria’s president.

“The press release added that ‘the Igbo would rise against Atiku, adding that his presidential campaign would be rejected in the South-East’.”

Ohanaeze said, ordinarily, it would have ignored the said press release, but noted that silence in this circumstance would tend to give validity to such fallacy by the unsuspecting public.

The statement further reads: “It is therefore imperative to inform that those behind the fake press release are mischief-makers, impostors, charlatans and unscrupulous social climbers who have shamelessly leeched on the invaluable footprints of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to issue press releases for narrow, perverse and illicit pecuniary interests. It is the unwholesome activities of such maladjusted, impish scaremongers that have been the bane of Igbo cohesion.

Also, the movement said they will await the outcome of the primaries still taking place across the country before they decide on the position of the South East as regards the 2023 general elections.

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