Atiku’s running mate: Umahi must apologize, Igbo youths insist
A group under the auspices of coalition of Igbo Youth Organisations yesterday asked the chairman of the south east governors’ forum, Engr. David Umahi to tender unreserved apology to the Igbo nation or face the wrath of the land.
The group also insisted that the apology should be extended to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the party at large.
The coalition which comprises of three notable bodies; World Igbo Youth Congress, Ohanaeze Youth Council and Igbo Students Youth Forum added that Governor Umahi’s early stands against Atiku’s running mate for 2019 presidential election was a stab in the back.
Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzo who stood for Ohanaeze Youth Council, Mazi Alex Okemiri for World Igbo Youth Congress and Mr. Chidera Udutcha as national president for Igbo Students Youth Forum, respectively made their feelings known in a joint press briefing in Abakaliki.
“And it is not in our culture as a humane tribe to cajole and batter our collective goal which for years we have been struggling to build.”
“And that is why we resolved to let the people of Igbo nation both those in Nigeria and those outside to known that the statement of Ebonyi state governor, Engr. David Umahi against Mr. Peter Obi, the immediate past governor of Anambra state as the running mate of PDP Presidential candidate for 2019 is uncalled for.”
“As a matter of fact we considered it as a disdain, a great stab in our political struggle to move ahead from where we are to a better form.”
“So Umahi who as we learnt was lured to make such unholy statement against Mr. Peter Obi must tender unreserved apology to PDP, Atiku Abubakar and to the Igbo nation in general.”
“Failure to do that he will be invoke our deity “The Great Amadioha” against him. He who have ears hear.”
“The Owelle of Onitsha, late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe humbled the late Chief Chuba Okadigbo in the 80s when his rising political ambition was webbed in his selfishness by our deity.”
Also, is late Akanbi Onitiri, R.B.K Okafor who in second republic disdained late Dr. Nnamdi Azikwe but paid dearly for it”, the group stated.
The group further charged stakeholders from the zone to remain resolute in positive political course for people and Nigeria in general.
The group which condemned wholly the alleged statement of Governor Umahi, expressed hope that Nigeria and the people of the south east would be better fed if Alhaji Atiku emerged victorious in 2019 presidential poll.
“Umahi has avariciously demonstrated his political greed, selfishness, and hatred for the common goal of the Ndigbo”, the group noted.