Nigeria's President and candidate for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Goodluck Jonathan speaks with a campaign aide during a rally in Kano, Northern Nigeria, on January 21, 2015 . The February 14 vote is expected to be close-run, with the possibil ~ AMINU ABUBAKAR
Abuja - The Ohaneze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan as its presidential candidate for next week’s general election.
President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey, disclosed the position during a visit to Chairman, South East Governors' Forum and South-East Zonal Coordinator, Goodluck-Sambo, and Presidential Campaign leader, Governor Theodore Orji, to intimate him of their decision and hand him over the endorsement document.
Enwo-Igariwey said Ohaneze weighed all the options and found President Goodluck Jonathan the right option.
According to Enwo-Igariwey who spoke on behalf of the group, the Ohanaeze, believes that even though Ndigbo may not have realized all their dreams under the leadership of. Jonathan as president, there had been significant infrastructural development and huge democracy dividends in the zone courtesy of President Jonathan.
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He said that Ndigbo have been given a sense of belonging by the President Jonathan’s administration and sited the first Chief of Army Staff of Igbo decent, Maj Gen Azubuike Ihejirika (rtd.), the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, and other sensitive appointments given to Ndigbo under the present dispensation as evidence of the claim.
Enwo-Igariwey added that the Igbos believe in equity and fairness and supports that the South-South should complete their two tenures arguing that four years is not too long to wait.
He stated that the emergence of President Jonathan gives hope that someone from the minority can hold the highest position of the land even as he expects that it will be the turn of Ndigbo one day.
Orji assured them that he will deliver their message directly to the President, maintaining that the endorsement by the Ohaneze represented the opinion of the silent majority of Ndigbo.
He joined the Ohanaeze in calling on other Nigerians to support the South-South to complete their second tenure in the interest of equity and fairness.
“There is no reason why the President should not be allowed to complete his second term in office,” said Orji.