The Coalition of South East Support Groups for the People’s Democratic Party has said Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is the only model Ndi-Igbo can follow to win the presidency.
Chief Ejikeme Odumegwu, the coalition’s national coordinator, made this statement yesterday in Enugu at the opening of the South East coalition group.
Odumegwu urged all PDP members in the South East to unite and support Atiku Abubakar in 2023, emphasising that with his candidacy, they could right the wrong and bring back peace and advancement in the country.
The only chance for an Igbo president in 2027, according to Odumegwu, is with Atiku. He urged Ndigbo not to waste their political energy on impulsive, unplanned political actions.
While calling on the group to be focused on Atiku/Okowa project, I reminded them that “the coalition group is to coordinate, sensitise and educate the people of South East on the reasons and circumstances of the emergence of Atiku Abubakar and his Vice as PDP flag bearer.
“We in the PDP must be united, especially in the Southeast, to deliver Atiku Abubakar as president come 2023 because it is only of this template can Ndi-Igbo secure more chance of getting to the presidency than throw away our political energy to inchoate and uncoordinated political moves and frenzy of the moment.
“We will not engage in the usual jamboree campaign but a grassroots mobilisation built on a pragmatic mass base.
“All hands must be on deck down to each polling booth to ensure the victory of Atiku Abubakar in 2023 to dislodge the impeding and disastrous carnage of the APC choice of 2023, which is a ticking time bomb, waiting to explode our unity, peace and progress.
“There is no rationale for a Muslim/Muslim ticket. It insults our sensibility and offends who we are and what we believe in as a people. It is a direct attack on our strength and believe and tactically portends that our political process can be ignored.
“With Atiku Abubakar’s candidacy, we can right the wrong and restore peace to this nation,” he said.