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Ohaneze endorses Atiku/Obi in 7-point communique - ITREALMS

ITREALMS:
The umbrella social cultural group of Ndigbo, the Ohaneze has endorsed the Atiku and Obi ticket in the forthcoming presidential election in a 7-point communique, reports ITREALMS.

Arising from its collective search for a polity that is just, egalitarian and inclusive, ITREALMS reports that the Ime Obi Ohaneze Ndi Igbo on Thursday 24 January, 2019 at the Nike Lake Hotel, Enugu, to further deliberate on the future of Ndigbo in the chequered history of a beleaguered country. 

President-General Ohaneze Ndigbo World Wide, Dr. John Nnia Nwodo, confirmed this in a communique made available to ITREALMS, noting that the endorsement was arrived at after a critical and dispassionate appraisal of the issues and the visible fault lines in the nation's polity.

According to him, the issues included the analysis of the election manifestos of  the various contesting parties, especially with regards to the restructuring of the federation and continued relevance of the people in the Nigerian geopolitical space.

Equally, Ohaneze pointed out specifically that nomination of former Governor of Anambra State, Sir Peter Obi as vice presidential candidate of a major political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is an opportunity for inclusivity which Ndigbo must seize the moment. 

ITREALMS reports that the 7-point resolutions comprised: 

"1.  That Ohaneze remains the apex socio-cultural organization that works  for the interest of the Igbo in and outside Nigeria. It attempts to aggregate the views of  all other  Igbo platforms;

"2. Ohaneze notes particularly that a major political party (PDP) by the nomination of  our son Peter Obi as the Vice presidential candidate has given Ndigbo an opportunity for inclusivity. Ndigbo must seize the moment; 

"3. That the presidential candidate of PDP Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has made an avowed commitment to restructuring of the federation and reconfirmed same during his recent visit to the United States in his meetings high-level US officials; 

"4.  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.  

"5. Ohaneze urges Ndigbo to see  their PVCs as their most potent tool  to ensure a restructured polity and for a better  society.

"6. The meeting further called on the international community to help to ensure a free and credible 2019 elections in Nigeria; and

"7. Finally, Ohaneze urges all Igbo to come out and vote and to protect their votes." 

Chuks Egbune/DoP

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