Ohanaeze Ndigbo has asked all politicians of Igbo extraction not to join the 2015 presidential race, if President Goodluck Jonathan decides to seek reelection.
Dr Chris Eluemunoh, the Chairman of the Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Anambra chapter, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Awka.
He said that the Igbo people were satisfied with the Jonathan administration and would support his reelection bid, if he indicates interest to do so.
Eluemunoh said that Igbo people had benefited more basic infrastructure and political appointments than under any administration since Independence.
“Any government like Jonathan’s administration that shares national resources equitably needed to be encouraged to stay in office and perfect the administration programme to a logical conclusion.
“It is on this stance that I commend Mr President and pledge our loyalty to him. I urge any Igbo man nursing the ambition to contest as president to drop it now, for us to speak with one voice.’’
Eluemunoh said that “any Igbo man that worked against the President would be fighting the Igbo race because for now the Igbos have no national political platform under which they should contest.
“How do you present a candidate when our own brother is there? Ohanaeze has said that we will pull our support for Jonathan now and in 2015, so, there is no vacancy in Aso Rock.
“Ohanaeze is the voice of the Igbo nation. We cannot fight anybody, we cannot bite anybody but we can embarrass you as an Igbo man if you contest.
“We resolved that we should allow our own brother to go for second tenure. Who else can do better than what Jonathan is doing for the Igbo”.
He also commiserated with the Federal Government and the Judiciary over the death of Justice Chukwudifu Oputa, who died on May 4. (NAN)
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