Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the pan Igbo socio-cultural organisation, has dismissed the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term by some Igbo groups working under its umbrella.
The apex Igbo body stated that the endorsement of any candidate including Buhari will be after wide consultations.
Chairman of Ohaneze, Federal Capital Territory, FCT, chapter, Odozi Nwodozi, stated this while noting that the group’s position on the purported endorsement did not mean it was against the candidacy of Buhari in the forthcoming elections, since he has the constitutional right for a second term.
In a statement signed and issued in Abuja, Nwodozi described those endorsing Buhari as renegades from alleged disbanded Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Wing as well as the Women Wing.
The statement reads, “It has come to the knowledge of Ohanaeze Ndigbo FCT chapter that renegades from the disbanded Okechukwu Isiguzoro-led Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing and the Callista Adimachukwu Ohanaeze Ndigbo Women are presently in Abuja for a purported endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for the 2019 Presidency.
“This shameful exercise which is been coordinated by an Enugu-state born head of a federal government parastatal is the crystallization of the vituperations of these discredited groups on the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo for the past one month.
“It should be noted that while Ndigbo are not against the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 polls, since he has the constitutional right for a second term, endorsement for any candidate including Buhari will be after wide consultations.
“However, it is important to let the public know that these characters engaging in the exercise are not qualified to do it as their mandates have since expired at the dissolution of their groups. And elections for both organs are scheduled for Friday 20th and Saturday 21st April 2018 in Enugu where new leadership will emerge
“For the Igbo persons in the present administration who have been financing and orchestrating the macabre dance of the disgraced youth and women leaders for the past two months, their desperation for relevance and display of grip of the Igbo socio-political structure should be guided, else they exhaust the little credence the have left in Igbo land.”