Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbio Worldwide has supported the presidential ambition of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Peter Obi.
The Chairman of the Ohanaeze Council of Elders, Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, disclosed this at the end of the council’s Finance and Development Committee meeting on Thursday.
Iwuanyanwu said the forum believes it is the turn of the South East to produce the next President in 2023, adding that the elders believe supporting Obi is the right thing to do.
According to Iwuanyanwu, the choice to support the LP presidential candidate is anchored on the need for equity, justice, and fairness.
He added that a coalition involving leaders from the South East, South-South, and Middle Belt have affirmed their support for the former Governor of Anambra State.
He said: “Many of them still believe that it is still the turn of the Igbo, and in their wisdom, they said the presidency should be brought to the South-East.
“They have taken a common position to support Peter Obi, and of course, we the Igbo in Ohanaeze feel very happy.
“The truth is that Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is a part of the agreement by the southern and middle belt forum to endorse the candidacy of Peter Obi.”
Iwuanyanwu added that the group is keenly watching the campaigns ahead of the 2023 presidential election and looking out for the likelihood of mishaps.
This development comes days after the organization criticized Governor Chukwuma Soludo of Anambra over his recent comment about Obi.
In an article published on Monday, Soludo said Obi knows that he can’t and won’t win the presidential election.
Reacting in a statement on Tuesday, the Secretary-General of the organization, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said that it was obvious that Soludo was against Obi’s presidential ambition.