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Ohaneze Endorses Peter Obi For President, Says Its A National Mass Movement

Igbo apex socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has endorsed the presidential bid of former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, saying that it has brought a new dimension to the politics of Nigeria.

The Vice President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Damian Okeke-Ogene, stated this on Thursday in Nanka, Orumba North Local Government Area, while receiving the executive of Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State chapter in his hometown.

He said Obi’s candidacy is not an Igbo agenda, rather a national mass movement, noting that he has proven to be the most qualified of all the people running for the position.

Okeke-Ogene said the recently concluded primary elections of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were regrettable, as the political class in the South-east frustrated efforts to work for an Igbo president.

He said: “The unexpected emergence of Mr Peter Obi as the presidential candidate of Labour Party has brought a new dimension in Nigeria politics.

“He is a candidate that gained immediate national and international acceptance. This is not because of the presidency of Igbo extraction or rotational presidency, neither is it because of ethnic or religious reasons. Rather, it is because of Obi’s stand for those who want to enthrone a new political and social order that will end recycling of leadership that has become a burden to Nigerians.

“His emergence has engendered a mass movement that will have a similar if not stronger impact like the End SARS Protest, because people see in him a candidate that will evolve a new Nigeria, with capability to change the way things are being done, by upholding progressive ideology that is not based on tribe, religion or political leaning.”

He added, “The political class in the South-east frustrated efforts of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in championing the course for presidency of Igbo extraction.

“It is sad to note that all the delegates at the conventions were more or less controlled by the leadership of their various political parties which was reflected in their voting pattern and was a slap on the expectations of the South East.”

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