Socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has blamed politicians and governors of South East as the rationale Igbos did not come out as presidential candidates on the nationwide conventions of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Occasion.
In response to Ohanaeze, Igbo leaders failed their individuals by working towards the curiosity of their individuals.
Vice President of Ohanaeze, Ichie Damian Okeke-Ogene, said this whereas addressing the management of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Anambra State Council, led by Dr. Odogwu Emeka Odogwu throughout a courtesy go to.
“Despite sustained efforts and advocacy to make sure that most political events, particularly the key political events area candidates of Igbo extraction as their presidential candidates. Issues ultimately didn’t work out that approach, which I have to say may be very unlucky for the nation.
“On the just lately concluded APC and PDP conventions, it’s regrettable that the political class within the South East zone annoyed efforts of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in championing the course for presidency of Igbo extraction.
“It’s unhappy to notice that each one the delegates to the conventions have been kind of managed by the management of their varied political events which was mirrored of their voting sample and was a slap on the expectations of South East geopolitical zone with exception of the Ebonyi State delegates who distinguished themselves as dedicated Igbo patriots and ought to be counseled for his or her resilience.
“I have to, at this juncture, state that the South East Governors Discussion board and Ohanaeze Ndigbo can’t be completely exonerated from the end result of these conventions.
“Their actions made it clear that there’s a management vacuum within the South East area as a result of the failure of South East Governors to have a united entrance at this essential time is kind of regrettable”, he mentioned.
Okeke-Ogene mentioned leaders of political events within the geopolitical zone refused to unite and help one candidate every in PDP and APC earlier than continuing to the conference.
“They have been so individualistic of their strategy in direction of this basic and decisive problem to the extent that info we acquired alleged that some South East Governors coordinated delegates for candidates from different geo-political zones. For me, they failed Ndigbo.
“Equally, Ohanaeze Ndigbo management equally has some a part of the blame as a result of when it was apparent that the Governors have been failing, Ohanaeze Ndigbo by no means met to debate and invite the aspirants as we used to do earlier than, to handle them on the necessity to prune down variety of aspirants.
“For this, I apologize to Ndigbo for our failure to do the needful. After I foresaw this coming, I made makes an attempt to succeed in the Chairman of South East Governors Discussion board (Chief David Umahi) who didn’t reply to my calls.”
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