Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide has described former Vice
President Atiku Abubakar’s stance of winning the 2023
PDP presidential ticket as a nostalgic belief, adding that
Igbos will dump PDP in 2023 if Atiku wins the presidential
According to Ohanaeze, Atiku’s statement has painted
him as a desperate politician swimming against the
political currents and tides of the moment.
The Igbo apex group stated this in a statement signed by
its Secretary-General Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro and
made available to newsmen on Monday.
The group also lauded the middle belt and southern
leaders for supporting an Igbo president come 2023.
The statement reads: “Atiku has misread the mood of the
nation ahead of 2023, and this miscalculation may retire
him from partisan politics in 2023.
“Atiku has the constitutional right to aspire for the office of
President in 2023, but one had expected him not to rock the
boat now that the odds are against him based on his age
and his region.
“He should not fight dirty or appear desperate for the
presidency. Rather it’s time for him to voluntarily quit
partisan politics and take his rightful place in history as an
elder statesman without being dishonoured and disgraced.
“Ndigbo had expected that Atiku Abubakar should support a
younger person for 2023, especially after the Rivers State
Governor, Nyesom Wike openly denounced Atiku’s proposal
for him to be his running mate in 2023.
“This is enough message and signal to him that 2023 is
exclusively reserved for a Southern president, and Atiku
should search his conscience and support an Igbo in the
PDP primaries to avert a disgraceful end of his political
“The Southern Nigerian leaders and governors have vowed
that it’s unhealthy for another northerner to succeed
President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
“In 2019, Ndigbo showed enough loyalty to the PDP and
Atiku Abubakar, and the present predicaments and
penalties facing the Southeast today was the 2019 Igbo
support given to Atiku and PDP.
“But in 2023, Igbos will dump PDP if Atiku wins the PDP
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo in alliance with other ethnic groups will
ensure that any political party that refuses to zone their
presidential ticket to the South will suffer in the 2023
The Ohanaeze added that “any promotion of northern
continuation after eight years of President Buhari from any
individual is callous, voracious and selfish.”