A group working for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari; The Zikist-Buharists Movement, has charged Ohanaeze Ndigbo for denying reports that the pan-Igbo association had endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.
There were reports that Ohanaeze, the apex socio-political body of the Igbos, endorsed Abubakar at a meeting of Igbo political leaders at Nike Lake Resort, Enugu, on November 14.
according to the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze, Mr Chuks Ibegbu, at a recent media briefing, explained that the association did not endorse Abubakar at the event.
“It is erroneous to say that we endorsed Atiku. Ohanaeze Ndigbo did not endorse anybody. That meeting at Nike Lake Resort was organised by friends of Atiku,” the Ohanaeze spokesman had said.
In a statement on Sunday by its acting Zonal Secretary, Godwin Onwusi, the Zikist-Buharists Movement commended Ohanaeze for the clarification.
“The Zikist-Buharists Movement is commending Ohanaeze Ndigbo for refuting the news that the organisation endorsed Atiku Abubakar, as erroneously canvassed.
“We are happy with Ohanaeze’s clarification because it is absolutely necessary following misconceptions on the event of November 14, 2018, where some spin doctors spread the news that Igbo leadership had endorsed the candidacy of Atiku for the 2019 presidential election,” the statement read.
The group noted that it was not “politically correct” for Ndigbo to endorse Abubakar.
It added that by denying the reported endorsement of Abubakar, Ohanaeze is advancing the collective interests of Ndigbo, particularly the quest for an Igbo to emerge as President in 2023.
“ZBM’s commendation of the Ohanaeze leadership is predicated on the truism that it is not politically correct for Ndigbo to endorse Atiku, given the prevailing political scenario of rotation of President between North and South, especially where two Fulani Muslim brothers – Buhari and Atiku – are frontrunners in the 2019 presidential election.
“We are enthusiastically gratified that the Ohanaeze leadership has come to terms with real politics unlike in 2015 when they placed all Igbo eggs in one basket.”