The Labour Party’s Peter Obi has received the formal endorsement of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, the leading Igbo socio-cultural organisation, for the general elections of 2023.
Ohanaeze said Obi represented “Nigerian conscience, moral probity, generational hope, redemption epiphany, and above all, the Igbo collective unconscious.”
The Igbo organisation noted that the Labour Party’s candidate had filled what might have been a depressing void if he had not been on the ballot in a statement titled “2023: On SMBLF Position We Stand” on Sunday. The statement was signed by the organisation’s National Publicity Secretary, Dr. Alex Ogbonnia.
Part of the statement reads, “In the first place, going by the principles of zoning and rotation of power in Nigeria, which have existed since 1999, it is the turn of the South East of Nigeria to produce the president in 2023.
“Second, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has canvassed to various eminent persons in Nigeria, seeking their support for the presidency in the South East come 2023. We are delighted by the responses from multiple groups and highly placed patriotic Nigerians.
“Third, Ohanaeze works in collaboration with the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), comprising the Afenifere, PANDEF, Middle Belt Leaders, and Ohanaeze Ndigbo led by an elder statesman, Chief E. K. Clarke. The group, in its quest for Nigerian unity, peace, and sustainable national development, has endorsed Mr Peter Obi as its candidate for the 2023 general elections.”
“On the other hand, Ohanaeze brought a commodity to the market, and now the world is clamouring for it. We are excited, happy, and fulfilled that Nigeria is now in full possession of the commodity.”
The apex Igbo body added that Obi was endorsed not only based on equity and justice but also on “merit, competence, a track record of accomplishments, and the veritable ideas that Obi espouses for a better Nigeria.”
Ohanaeze noted that despite concerns that Labour Party had no structure, the Obidient Movement was “a massive disruptive reaction against the deplorable Nigerian pathologies.”
“People use the Obi phenomenon to express dissatisfaction with the status quo. It is a revolt against injustice, poverty, unemployment, corruption, and all other forms of vicious circles that have become the trademark of Nigeria. In other words, every revolution is a structural change,” the group added.