November 28, 2022



2023: Ohanaeze regrets supporting Atiku in 2019

The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has expressed regrets for its  assist to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, within the 2019 basic elections.  

The organisation whereas lamenting the assist, stated that the present travails being confronted by Igbos have been attributable to their assist for Atiku then, who by the way is at the moment the presidential flag bearer of the PDP.

Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, the Nationwide Publicity Secretary of the organisation disclosed this whereas denying a social media video clip making the rounds, claiming that it demanded funds from one Comrade Kennedy Iyere as a situation to assist a Nigerian Presidential candidate from the South East.

He dismissed the declare as essentially the most “fallacious, mendacious and callous of all of the falsehoods geared toward tarnishing the picture of the Igbo because the Judas class that values cash greater than human conscience.

Ogbonnia, famous that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo took the advocacy for a

president from the South East of Nigeria to all elements of Nigeria;

together with former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammadu Sa’adu Abubakar III; Chief E Okay Clarke, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, the British Excessive Fee and so many different locations.

He stated the delegations comprised the President Common of Ohanaeze

Ndigbo Worldwide, Ambassador Professor George Obiozor; the previous President Common, Chief Nnia Nwodo, former President Common, Chief Gary Igariweh, the Secretary Common, Ambassador Okey Emuchay; Nationwide Publicity Secretary, Dr. Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia.

Others, included Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, HRH Eze Cletus Ilomuanya, Professor Anya O Anya, Chief Simon Okeke, Professor Charles Nwekeaku, amongst others.

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Whereas insisting on president of South East extraction, he restated that he wrote  to Atiku to remind him that their assist for him in 2019 was the reason for the present travails of the Igbos.

“I additionally wrote Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, reminding him that the present

Igbo travails is because of our assist to his candidacy in 2019.

A easy search on the web will reveal that Ohanaeze had made

quite a few press releases urging Nigerians and the worldwide

neighborhood to lend assist to the hunt by the South East for


“A number of different Igbo activists and curiosity teams resembling Nzuko Umunna led by Senator Chris Anyanwu, Arc Ferdinand Agu, and so on have been additionally on the forefront within the advocacy.

“On December 13, 2021, I personally addressed an Open Letter to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, reminding him that it’s the flip of the South East to provide a president for Nigeria and urging him to not contest the 2023 presidency on the grounds of fairness, justice and equity.

“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo additional propagated the advocacy to the Southern and Center Belt Leaders (SMBLF) led by Chief E Okay Clarke, and Chief Nnia Nwodo because the Coordinator Common. Different leaders of the SMBLF embrace Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the Chief of the Afenifere; Dr Pogu Bitrus, Chief, Center Belt Discussion board, amongst others. Our gratitude goes to the SMBLF for his or her irrevocable place to assist an Igbo of the South East for presidency in 2023. Equally, we thank Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for receiving us in his Abeokuta residence about thrice.

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“I’m inwardly delighted that the unwavering place of Ohanaeze

Ndigbo has gained a world momentum and unprecedented volcanic eruptions of human passions throughout the nation. Above all, the Ohanaeze message has discovered expression, resonance and traction within the irrepressible energy that’s inherent within the Nigerian lots.

“Within the social media clip making the rounds, orchestrated by one

Comrade Kennedy Iyere, he alleged that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by

Chief Nnia Nwodo demanded funds from him to attend a gathering at Awka for a Nigerian president from the South East. 

“The reality of the matter: In October 2020, Chief Damian Okeke Ogene, former President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Anambra State chapter was contacted by Chief Iyere to ask the seven state presidents from the seven Ohanaeze states,” he stated.

Ogene defined to Iyere that members can be coming to Awka from distant locations resembling Port Harcourt, Owerri, Aba, Ebonyi and that it might not be doable for them to return to their places on thes identical day. Iyere promised to safe resort lodging for the seven individuals, and that he would additionally pay for his or her transport prices.

“On the assembly in a single resort at Awka, Iyere was seated with White males and he highlighted the insufferable injustice to the Igbo by the previous Nigerian leaders and the fairness in a South Easterner to develop into the president of Nigeria come 2023.  

“Paradoxically, we have been very delighted and likewise curious {that a} non-Igbo and White males have been championing an Igbo trigger. On the finish of the assembly, he pleaded with us to handle seventy thousand naira (N70, 000.00); that’s, ten thousand naira every, as transport prices.

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“A few of us refused the cash whereas some others reasoned that it might be misinterpreted if we rejected the N10,000 every. I’m somewhat shocked by the depravity and a kindergarten shenanigan with which Iyere painted his encounter with the Ohanaeze Ndigbo; that Ohanaeze Ndigbo demanded fee from him in an effort to assist an Igbo for presidency,” he stated.