The Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, claimed that 18 sitting governors, as well as a number of the country’s past leaders are backing the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi.
In a statement made in Abakaliki, the Secretary General of the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, disclosed that the governors, across political platforms, are throwing their support behind the candidature of Obi, adding that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), as well as other political parties, are already afraid of the development.
Ohanaeze, while commending the courage and determination of Nigerians, who are trooping out in different parts of the country in support of Obi, urged that the momentum be sustained, noting that this is a movement to take back Nigeria from the days of locusts, greedy and selfish politicians.
According to Isiguzoro, Obi-dients rallies held across the country have placed the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and others, at a crossroads by the soaring popularity of the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, especially after the Obi-dients’ Independence Day rallies across the country, which cut across ethnic and religious lines.
The statement reads: “It is a movement to rescue the country from adversity, economic decline, Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) strike, insecurity and corruption.
“So far, Nigerians have demonstrated readiness to take back their country through the ballot box, and it depends on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to make votes count.
“As we speak, about 18 governors from North and South, across party lines, are behind the scenes putting up structures for Obi to win the 2023 presidential election.
“In addition, former presidents and elder statesmen are also in support of Obi’s candidature.
In a similar development, the Labour Party governorship candidate in Ebonyi State, Edward Nkwegu, has asked security operatives to resist attempts of being used to frustrate wishes of Nigerians in the 2023 general elections.
Nkwegu told reporters, yesterday, at the Akanu Ibiam Airport, Enugu, shortly after his arrival from Abuja, that Nigerians are prepared to take back their country using the 2023 general elections.
The governorship hopeful, who was received by cheering supporters of the party, decried recent rally of the party in the state where security agents were used to disperse the people.