The group’s director general (Implementation and Strategic Planning), Ambassador Tony Chiemelu Obizoba, disclosed this in a statement released on Sunday, March 5. The group also congratulated Bola Tinubu on his emergence as the President-elect.
The statement reads
“The group visualises the success of the APC flag bearer in the election as one that will lead to unifying Nigerians for a focused development plan that will follow. Tinubu is capable, and we have no doubt in his capacity to ensure continuity of the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari, which are apparent, indisputably correct and will continue to stand as good legacies for generations of leaders to come.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo congratulates Peter Obi for creating an unprecedented commitment to changing the status quo with a hitherto unpopular political party, making great sweep of votes across all regions – but North West of Nigeria – to finish an “unputdownable” third position.
This Igbo umbrella body will continue to remember Obi, former Governor of Anambra State, as one who, despite all odds, laboured hard to actualise a Nigerian president from Igbo land. However, God has not destined it to happen in 2023. It may happen later. God spare the life of everybody.”
The statement further read;
“It would not be out of place to also congratulate the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on his effort that ended in second position. Across the top three political parties were Igbo sons and daughters, who made the frantic effort because, as APC, PDP and LP, there are Igbo people who notably campaigned and voted.
However, the bloc votes for Peter Obi in the South East should not be seen by anyone as anti-other Nigerians. It is more to show that the Igbo do not hate themselves, as some Nigerians say.”