Pan Igbo organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has said a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction remains its philosophy, and quite happy that the philosophy has become an ideology and a movement that is embraced by all parts of Nigeria
Speaking on Sunday, the Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, said the duty of Ohanaeze Ndigbo ended when about 90 per cent of Igbos and majority of other Nigerians keyed into the Ohanaeze’s philosophy of having a President of Igbo extraction.
“The president was a major agenda of Ohanaeze led by Prof.George Obiozor and everybody keyed into that philosophy and it has now become an ideology (movement). So, when people are embracing an ideology all you have to do is commend them. It will be childish if we begin to endorse ourselves.
“We have been thanking people like former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Adebayo, Edwin Clark, Sultan of Sokoto and other people and organisations such as Afenifere, Arewa, for embracing our philosophy and endorsing Peter Obi not for Ohanaeze to endorse Peter Obi. It will be self-glorification to begin to endorse yourself.”
He also noted that it would be wrong for anybody to criticise Imo Governor Hope Uzodimma; his Ebonyi counterpart Dave Umahi and former Abia Governor Senator Orji Kalu for supporting the All Progressives Congress(APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu saying that they are entitled to support the candidate of their party.
He defended the Kalu who declared it was not “feasible” for the Igbos to produce the President in 2023.
He said the Senate Chief Whip was entitled to his comment that the Igbos will have to wait “for another time to see how Nigerians will agree to zone the presidency to the east”.
According to him: “Orji Kalu is free to say what he said as a strong party member and an office holder of the ruling party.
“I don’t support anybody running him down. That he said that is what he should say as a party member and office holder in the party, every strong party men are free to work for their party but they should not go to extreme to antagonise the Igbo interest.
“There is no way we will put our eggs in one basket. It is impracticable because we have our people in various political parties.