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2023: Southeast Governors Forum failed Igbo nation for not producing Presidential candidates of PDP, APC-- Ohanaeze


By Okechukwu Onuegbu

An apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Friday, blamed the South East governors forum and other political class from the zone on the failure of Igbo man to emerge Presidential candidate of either of the two most popular political parties at the just concluded primary elections.

Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, from the North East geopolitical zone had emerged the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while Alh. Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the South West became the flag bearer of All Progressive Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Reacting to the development in a press statement, the Vice President, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Chief Damian Afam Okeke-Ogene, equally attributed the ugly development to leadership of political parties, who according to him, controlled the delegates to the national conventions were those flag bearers emerged.

"It is about ten months before the elections and I won't say things have worked out the way Ohanaeze Ndigbo has expected. Inspite of sustained efforts and advocacy to ensure that most political parties field candidates of Igbo extraction as their Presidential candidates, things did not work out that way, which I must say is very unfortunate for the country. It is regrettable that the political class in the South East zone frustrated efforts of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in championing the course for presidency of Igbo extraction.

" It is sad to note that all the delegates to 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 South East geopolitical zone with exception of the Ebonyi State delegates who distinguished themselves as committed Igbo patriots and should be commended for their resilience. I must state that the South East Governors Forum and Ohanaeze Ndigbo cannot be totally exonerated from the outcome of those conversations.

"Their actions made it clear that there is leadership vacuum in Southeast region because failure of Southeast Governors to have a united front at this critical time is quite regrettable. They were so individualistic in their approach towards this fundamental and decisive issue to the extent that information we received alleged that some Southeast Governors coordinated delegates for candidates from other geopolitical zones. For me they failed Ndigbo (Igbo nation)," he stated.

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