Party primaries: Ohanaeze president breaks silence, urges Igbos to lament no more

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The main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, and the ruling All Peoples Congress have both nominated their presidential candidates for the 2023 elections, and Ambassador Professor George Obiozor, President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has responded.

Despite the widespread agitation for the region to produce the next president based on equity, justice, and fairness, as well as in the spirit of the North-South presidential rotation, the South-East presidential aspirants in the two mainstream political parties had lost in the primaries, with some not receiving any votes.

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Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president from the North-East, won the presidential race against Bola Tinubu, the former governor of Lagos State from the South-West, in elections that were allegedly “dollarized,” or held for the highest bidder.

But on Saturday morning, Obiozor, who had remained silent regarding the results of these primaries, finally spoke out in a statement titled, “What does Nigeria want from Ndigbo?”

“Now it is clear that the Nigerian national political elite have successfully orchestrated to deny the South-East an opportunity to produce the president of Nigeria by 2023,” the former ambassador of Nigeria to the United States of America said.

Beyond our expectations, some Nigerian leaders have shown egregious historical injustice toward Ndigbo through this scheme.

Obiozor, who is recovering in a hospital in Dubai, claims that Nigeria has failed the Rotary Club International’s four-way tests because of its deliberate injustice, asking first: “Of the things we think, say, or do: Is it the TRUTH? Secondly, is it FAIR to everyone involved? Thirdly, will it foster GOOD WILL and improved relationships? Fourthly, will it be BENEFICIAL to everyone involved?

He expressed his conviction that in the end, this political scheming would result in “a Pyrrhic victory for those who rejoice and celebrate injustice,” while urging Ndigbo not to cry too much and to wait for history’s verdict.

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Obiozor thanked Nigerian statesmen and patriots across the nation for supporting the idea that the South-East should produce the president of Nigeria in 2023, based on Nigeria’s demonstrated history of rotating power between the north and the south as well as commitment to equity, justice, and fairness. Obiozor delivered his statement through Dr. Alex Ogbonnia, National Publicity Secretary of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

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