The leading Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has endorsed Peter Obi’s bid for the presidency on behalf of the Labour Party (LP).
This was claimed by the group in a statement posted on Tuesday by its spokeswoman, Chiedozie Ogbonnia.
According to Ohanaeze, apart from them, other regional socio-political groups also endorsed Obi’s presidential ambition during their meeting at Wells Carlton Hotel, Asokoro, Abuja.
The Site News had earlier reported that the Middle Belt Forum, the Pan Niger Delta Forum, the Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organisation and Afenifere also endorsed Obi’s presidential ambition.
Ohanaeze noted that Obi has the capacity and competence needed to rescue Nigeria from its current crisis.
The group called on Nigerians to recognize and seize the rare opportunity which Obi has provided.
Ohanaeze said, “In unison, all acknowledged that Obi is the best thing God has done for Nigeria in this century; a game changer, soldier of morals, democracy archetype, the popular sentiment of Nigerian youths, an abundance philosopher, prudent resource manager, ethnic barrier-breaker and a quintessential audacious Igbo icon.”
It urged Igbos to remember that, “politics is not always the art of the possible, but most times the art of choosing between the reasonable alternatives.”
The group stated that it will be wrong for residents of the South-East to continue their agitation and work against Obi in the 2023 election.
He said, “Now that Nigerians are moving from a winter of despair to a summer of hope, through our son, Mr Peter Obi, is it sensible that agitations based on marginalisation and other forms of relative deprivations should continue?
“Is it sensible to turn the barrel of the gun inwards? And is it sensible for any noble Igbo son and daughter to embark on self-destruction such as the sit-at-home syndrome and destruction of public utilities, among others.”