By Sunday Agbo, Abakaliki
The president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro said investigation is ongoing over the three billion naira alleged inducement of Igbo leaders on the endorsement of Atiku. He stated this in a chat with Orient Daily in Abakaliki.
He said that if the allegation was true, Ndigbo youths would have no option other than to declare support for a presidential candidate who would get Igbo youths votes at the February 2019 presidential election, adding that the outcome of the election would be a shocker to those who had mortgaged Ndigbo collective interest at Nike Lake.
“We are weighing different options, including 2023 Igbo presidency. We are expecting Atiku to categorically declare for one term project and sign a pact with Igbo youth leaders before 31st December 2018, and President Buhari to assure Ndigbo that 2023 is not a fluke or a tag to lure the Igbo into voting him. January meeting of Igbo youths/agitators outcome will be in overall interest of Ndigbo.
“The way the south-east leaders are going in protecting the interest of Atiku, it affects negatively the Atiku‘s camp in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari who may capture votes of angry Igbo youths or who may either join the Biafra agitators to boycott the election.
“From a credible source and a member of Ime Obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo who spoke anonymously, insisted that, south-east governors hands are tied as they will not make financial contribution to Atiku project and may help President Buhari get at least 25% votes of southeast, which will put the Atiku camp in danger.
“He insisted that the dangerous trend in the south east working against Atiku is the alliance between Biafra agitators and leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths who were sidelined during the endorsement of Atiku Abubakar at Nike lake Enugu,and non-inclusion of clergy men, which may spell doom for PDP in the presidential election”, he stated.
Meanwhile, the President of Southeast Women Professional, Dr. Helen Ogbonnaya, said that the so called Igbo leaders who endorsed Atiku were induced and wondered why a man who had majority of supporters will opt for men who rarely vote during election.
She said, “Irrespective of these allegations of
N3bn that exchanged hands in the Nike Lake and Igbo leaders endorsement of Atiku, the women group will mobilise for alternative candidate in the presidential election”, she said.