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VP slot: Ebonyi residents, Igbo groups laud Atiku’s choice of Obi

By Obinna Odogwu, Abakaliki on 15/10/2018

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•PDP Presidential running mate Peter Obi
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Regardless of the decision of some leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), in the South East zone, not to support the nomination of the former Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, as the running mate of their party’s presidential flag-bearer for the 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the former governor’s nomination has continued to generate massive support in the region.

The party leaders had met, in Enugu, last Saturday, where they reportedly kicked against the choice of the popular former governor claiming that they were not ‘consulted’.
Their position, has ever since, generated wide condemnation by Ndigbo all over the world.

Various Igbo groups have commended the choice of former Governor Obi by former Nigeria’s Vice-President describing it as the best decision made for national interest. They also dismissed the position of the PDP leaders in the zone describing same as self-serving.

The groups which are Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC), Ndigbo Unity Assembly, and others said that given the track record of Obi’s achievements while as governor, they were very confident that he would join forces with Atiku to reposition Nigeria’s economy if they win the election.

The positions of the groups were contained in separate press statements issued to newsmen in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

This was even as many residents of Ebonyi State have commended the PDP’s presidential candidate for making “intelligent decision” by nominating Peter Obi who they described as an economic expert and refined leader as his running mate.

On their part, Ohanaeze youths said that they would also reach out to Arewa youths, Ijaw, Middle belt, Ibibio, and Yoruba youths under the Nigeria Ethnic Nationalities Youth Organisations (NENYO) to mobilize support for the Atiku and Peter Obi project.

“The jubilation that erupted with the news of Peter Obi as Atiku’s running mate across the South East shows that both youths and agitators accepted the two as the best pair for PDP to win 2019 presidential election”, Ohanaeze added.

 Excerpted from Sunday Sun report

Source News Express

Posted 15/10/2018 05:05:35 AM

 

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