Secretary Basic of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Joe Nwaorgu, on Friday stated the physique has no regrets over its determination to again former President Goodluck Jonathan, within the 2015 presidential election.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-political organisation of the Igbo, endorsed Jonathan, the Peoples Democratic Occasion candidate, within the election, which was ultimately received by Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress.
Majority of the Igbo additionally voted for Jonathan and the PDP within the polls, which noticed Buhari and the APC recording fewer votes within the South-East.
Political analysts imagine that the bloc votes for Jonathan was a grave miscalculation on the a part of the Igbo, because it value the South-East a spot in nationwide mainstream politics.
Additionally, there are insinuations that the choice to not vote for Buhari was among the many causes for the alleged marginalisation of the South-East in key appointments made by the President, who reportedly mentioned he won’t deal with those that didn’t vote for him the identical manner he’ll do those that voted him into energy.
“Constituencies that gave me ninety seven per cent can’t in all honesty be handled, on some points, (identical means) with constituencies that gave me 5 per cent,” Buhari reportedly stated throughout a go to to the US in July.
However Ohanaeze Ndigbo has mentioned it has no regrets for refusing to assist Buhari.
Ohanaeze scribe, Nwaorgu, who spoke to journalists in Enugu forward of the expiration of the tenure of the present Nationwide Government Committee of the physique, which might vacate workplace in January 2017, mentioned the travails of the Igbo underneath Buhari’s administration had vindicated Ohanaeze’s outright rejection of the President.
Chatting with journalists in firm of another Ohanaeze chieftains, Nwaorgu stated, “The Igbo have been having issues with the Federal Authorities because the finish of the civil conflict, issues of neglect by successive administrations, however the issues have exacerbated below Buhari.
“He (Buhari) has been unfair to us – in his first 32 appointments, he gave 24 to northerners, seven to southerners, and out of those seven to southerners, there was none to the South-East.
“Nothing has modified, the ministerial appointments he has given us are our constitutional entitlements however who he locations the place is evident. The tremendous ministers are there.
“It has been very unhealthy for the Igbo since 1970 however the scenario has exacerbated below Buhari and his perspective and utterances will not be serving to issues. In truth, Buhari is even performing to impress us into taking a incorrect step, to provide him a purpose to clamp down on us.”
The Ohanaeze Secretary Basic defined why the physique rejected Buhari.
He mentioned Buhari has all the time been unfair to the Igbos.
“We all know him very properly, throughout his first outing from 1983 to 1985, what did he do? Shagari, primary individual (within the earlier civilian administration was positioned below) home arrest, Ekwueme, the quantity two, who has no constitutional features (was despatched to) jail. Igbo took observe. He got here out once more as Government Director, Petroleum Belief Fund, what did he do? Have you ever checked the allocations of PTF? Sixty-six per cent of all our petroleum cash went to the North-West, his zone. He gave us (South-East) 6.2 per cent.
“With that pedigree, what is going to encourage folks to say please come on? If we had mentioned come on it might have put us in a poor form that we are able to’t analyze properly. We analyzed properly, and now we have been vindicated,” the Ohanaeze Ndigbo chieftain mentioned.
Nwaorgu went forward to state the explanations behind Ohanaeze’s choice to help Jonathan within the presidential election.
In response to him, the choice was knowledgeable by a necessity to fix relations with the South-South, which along with the South-East was a part of the previous Japanese Area.
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