Ohaneze Ndigbo has thrown its weight in favour of the nomination of former Governor of Anambra state, Mr Peter Obi as the running mate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential flagbearer, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, saying it is the best for Nigeria.
President General Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State Chapter, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene who stated this yesterday in Chicago, USA, in a telephone interview with newsmen in Awka said Atiku/Obi joint ticket is the beginning of restructuring in Nigeria.
Chief Okeke announced that the Ohaneze Ndigbo in Anambra state and every true Igbo man is excited by the news of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi joint ticket as Nigeria would be great again judging by their antecedents.
He insisted that immediately he returns from ASA USA conference he is attending, that the state Executive would address a world press conference in solidarity of the nomination as Peter Obi has been tried, tested and trusted to deliver.
Chief Okeke described the nomination of Peter Obi as the People’s choice and Ohaneze Ndigbo supports him 100 percent in the mission to redeem Nigeria , adding that Ohaneze Ndigbo is happy for Atiku and Obi.
‘’Nomination of our son Peter Gregory Obi is the best thing to happen to Igbo nation for now. This is the beginning of restructuring we have been talking about. It is only an Atiku with Obi can deliver on the promise. The Atiku/Obi joint ticket is hope that Nigeria shall bounce back again. We congratulate Obi on his nomination and thank Alhaji Atiku in taking that wise decision in picking Peter Obi and as well we congratulate the PDP because it is a master stroke for winning the 2019 presidential election.
‘’Ndigbo should see this as an opportunity for the integration of Igbo nation in the main stream politics. Atiku/Peter Obi ticket is a project every right thinking Igbo man should embrace and support to ensure it materializes. If there is no dissenting voices then it is not a good thing and in our human nature , anything good gets stronger opposition because of interest but the question is what is the percentage of the dissenting voices. They are infinitesimal’’.
The President of Ohaneze Ndigbo informed that ASA-USA Conference had a standing ovation for the nomination of Peter Obi by Alhaji Atiku and agreed to write PDP and Atiku to thank them for the wise decision in choosing Peter Obi as well as congratulate Obi for being a true Igbo son any day.
‘’Ndigbo all over the world are in support of Peter Obi’s nomination as VP to Atiku and that’s our stand. This is Igbo project 2019 for a better Nigeria and we must thank all those who made it possible for our own Okwute Ndigbo…Peter Obi to be nominated.
‘’In our caucus meeting in ASA-USA in Chicago, we unanimously congratulated Peter Obi for the nomination’’.
On their own, friends of former Governor Peter Obi described the nomination as the breath of fresh air into Nigerian politics judging by tremendous feats Obi achieved in Anambra state as two term Governor.
Speaking on their behalf, a former Chairman of Orumba North local government area, Chief Okey Enekwa thanked PDP’s presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku for anointing former Governor Peter Obi as his running mate , pointing out that friends of Peter Obi across South-East, Anambra state and Orumba North are happy and would support the nomination to actualize the dream of a better Nigeria.
‘’Peter Obi is an enigma. Love him or hate him, he is an achiever and once he sets his eyes on the ball, forget the distractions because he comes out glorious judging from his Anambra experience where against all odds , he served for 8 years and demystified leadership. Obi is an architect of good governance and democratic reformations in Nigeria when he challenged his stolen mandate, impeachment and term of office. The records are there in public.
‘’Obi is a special child of God and anywhere he enters light comes into that place. We witnessed it in Anambra and we shall witness it in Nigeria , God willing PDP takes over power. Anywhere Peter is , you see real change and for him to be a running mate to Atiku means Nigeria is heading for greatness. There is hope for a better future with Atiku and Obi on saddle.
‘’We commend PDP as a party for the wisdom in choosing a true Nigerian and a proud son of Ndigbo like Obi to run with Atiku. I commend Atiku for picking Obi, it shows he is wiser’’.
Contributing, Chairman of Chairmen in Anambra state Association of former council chairmen and former Chairman of Awka-South council area, Hon Azubuike Iloh described Obi’s nomination as the best thing that has happened to Ndigbo. He said Atiku is the best candidate for 2019 and with Peter Obi , the best from South East, the joint ticket is a win-win outing for 2019 for PDP. He described Peter Obi as the best for the VP duties in South-East for now. He prayed that nothing thwarts the joint ticket for Nigeria would benefit immensely if Atiku and Obi emerge.
As well, the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion has congratulated the People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) and its presidential flagbearer Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for picking former Governor Peter Obi as the running mate, describing it as the best step forward.
Bishop of Awka Anglican diocese, Most Reverend Alexander Chibuzor Ibezim, PhD, who spoke to newsmen described the nomination of Peter Obi as a good omen for Ndigbo.
Bishop Ibezim while thanking God that Peter Obi was nominated, asked God to help them actualize their dreams insisting that it is good for Igbo nation if the joint ticket succeeds in 2019 general elections.