… urges North to break PDP presidential candidate’s spell of deceit, stranglehold on region
…calls on Nigerians to reject Atiku at the polls
. 2023 presidency is turn of South, apex Igbo group insists
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Sunday, a launched a fresh attack on the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over his participation in the 2023 presidential election.
Ohanaeze insisted that the PDP presidential flagbearear should be rejected at the 2023 polls.
The apex Igbo socio-political group hinged its decision to oppose Atiku’s aspiration on the jettisoning of zoning arrangement by the PDP before its presidential primary election.
Recall that unlike the ruling All Progressives Congress that zoned its presidential ticket to the Southern part of the country, the PDP threw its own open to aspirants from all the geo-political zones.
Ohanaeze in a statement on Sunday by its Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the PDP should not be trusted for deliberately breaching its own constitution.
According to the statement, “Anyone who breached the gentleman arrangement by our patriots for a rotational presidency between the North and the South as enshrined in our consciousness to balance equity, inclusiveness, national peace, and stability of the country does not mean well for Nigeria.
“2023 is the turn of a Southern presidency and attempts by the opposition party to ride on ethnicity and religious predispositions to get power will plunge Nigeria into the abyss of disintegration.
“Atiku Abubakar’s desperation is not healthy for the Northern region as the North has seen total neglect, poverty and insecurity.”
The apex Igbo socio-political group urged the North to free itself “from the illusion of ethnicity and break the spells of deceit which the PDP and Atiku are using ahead of the 2023 election.
“It’s only a Southern Presidency that will unify the country and end the insecurity challenges in Nigeria, not Atiku Abubakar.”
Ohanaeze, however, expressed optimism that “Nigerians are enthusiastic about how to dethrone incompetence in governance with a strong, competent, and healthy President in 2023.
“The nightmarish episode of a sitting President always on medical tourism in Europe, and Asia must end with President Buhari in 2023.
“PDP and Atiku should remain in opposition until they are ready to accept that principle of zoning in PDP’s constitution should be respected and obeyed before seeking power in the future.”