The World Igbo Youth Congress narrated on Saturday it took a careful analysis of the Igbos misfortunes in the 2015 and 2019 general elections and has observed that Peter Obi contributed in no small part to the recorded failures.
Peter Obi was the Campaign Manager Southern Nigeria for the former president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan in 2015 and also the running mate of the People’s Democratic Party Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar in 2019.
This was made known in a press statement made available to the media by its President General, Mazi Alex Okemiri.
“World Igbo Youth Congress took stock of Igbos misfortunes in 2015 and 2019 general elections, and [has] observed that Igbos had better options.”
The group said it did observe such action should not be allowed to repeat itself again.
“We know those who were behind the hasty decision of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in 2015, when the then General Muhammadu Buhari wrote to have an audience with Ohanaeze Ndigbo regarding 2015 presidential election
“Which was unsuccessful based on the efforts of former President Jonathan Campaign Manager for the Southern Nigeria [Peter Obi], and which also repeated again in 2019 when Ohanaeze Ndigbo hurriedly miscalculated without due process to endorse Atiku ahead of President Muhammadu Buhari
“…[These were piloted] by the same man who made Igbos to lose in 2019.
“WIYC appeal to Ndigbo to forgive Peter Obi, who’s linked indirectly to the electoral losses of PDP in 2015 and 2019, when he singlehandedly couldn’t galvanise Igbo support for Jonathan and Atiku on a clearly seen victory which Igbos was out to give to both candidates.”
Discussing what it perceived as the reason why former President Goodluck Jonathan lost in 2015, the group commented; “In 2015 lack of co ordination led to Igbo voters apathy across the South East for Jonathan, because Jonathan couldn’t muster up those
Igbo votes he got overwhelmingly in 2011 across the South-East states.
“Based on Obi’s style of politicking which is strange to Igbos, repeatedly his candidature as Vice Presidential Candidate of PDP and running mate to Atiku 2019 led to controversies which were unacceptable to PDP South-East Governors and leaders, which made President Muhammadu Buhari got more than 25% votes in Ebonyi, Abia and the Imo States
“WIYC advice PDP to do away with Peter Obi in the future elections as his entrance in PDP collapsed Igbo support for the party, so we advise PDP to resist any attempt for Peter Obi to hijack the PDP Guber ticket on 2021 for his stooge from Anambra North, it’s the turn of Anambra South.
“Lastly, Igbos had learnt their bitter lessons from the situation we found ourselves politically, and there’s an attempt to rewrite history by doing away those people and politicians who jeopardise the electoral fortunes of Ndigbo
“And put us into Political limbo in Nigeria, Igbo youths will never have the likes of those who had brought political pains and put Igbos as a minority-major tribe in Nigeria and fourth-class citizens,2023 is not such persons, surely they Igbo youths are out to retire politically the likes of Peter Obi.”
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