The apex Igbo socio-political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has denounced the Peoples Democratic Party presidential primary that produced former vice president Atiku Abubakar as its flagbearer, saying he will never become Nigeria’s president.
Ohanaeze said this on Sunday after Atiku won the PDP ticket in a statement by its Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, stressing that the Igbo would rise up against Atiku, noting that his presidential campaign would be rejected in the South-East.
Ohaneze described the election as an “erratic and corrupt process that was overseen by the unpatriotic Northerners against the Southern part of the country”
According to the body, the PDP has now been reduced to a Northern party.
Isiguzoro lamented that Igbos were schemed out of PDP presidential primaries.
He said, “It’s amusing that PDP is now a Political party for the Northern region, with Dr. Iyocha Ayu as PDP chair, Walid Jubril as BOT Chair and Atiku Abubakar as 2023 PDP Presidential candidate.
“PDP has fulfilled her threats to sideline the Igbo in 2023 and we will carefully answer back to them.
“Another Northerner, Senator David Mark supervised the process that schemed out Igbo from PDP. The consequences of the 2022 PDP convention will be a discontinuity of milking of Igbo votes by a party that butchered the Igbo’s dream.
“We are waiting for the APC presidential primary to take the final decision on whether or not Igbos will participate in the 2023 elections.
“Atiku Abubakar will be opposed in the South-East, and no Igbo is anticipated to champion or project Atiku Presidency in the East. Nobody is going to take the risk of campaigning for Atiku in the East since the PDP is now a regional northern political party. Atiku will not have Igbo support him in 2023, he cannot be the President of Nigeria in 2023.
“Ndigbo will rise against PDP and Atiku Abubakar as a prize for PDP’s ingratitude and dishonesty against Igbo.”