Ahead of the March 9 governorship and Houses of Assembly elections, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has declared that there was no going back on its endorsement of Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Okezie Ikpeazu and David Umahi of Enugu, Abia and Ebonyi respectively.
This was contained in a statement signed by the President-General of the Ohaneze Youth Council, Worldwide, OYC, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro after the group’s meeting on Thursday.
They equally warned security agencies against the intimidation of voters in any part of the country.
According to the group, “Gov Ugwuanyi has done so well to the admiration of the people of Enugu State.
“He has endeared himself to the people, such that Ndi Enugu knows there’s no opposition in the State.
“We are solidly behind him and call on all the voters in the State to reciprocate his gestures by coming out en-mass and voting for him.”
On Ikpeazu of Abia, the OYC said “the Enyimba Economic City in Aba axis of Abia state, a project of Abia State Government, approved by President Buhari as free trade zone will offer a minimum of 700,000 jobs for the youths.
“Igbo youths are encouraged to ensure that Ikpeazu is re elected to ensure this project is completed. We have independently monitored the project, especially with the foreign companies ready to offer good jobs, and Igbos will not miss this opportunity.
“Abians should make sure Ikpeazu is re elected, especially as there’s grand conspiracy by a candidate to establish cattle colony in Abia.”
Isiguzoro described Gov. David Umahi as ‘godsent’, stressing “irrespective of challenges, in terms of little resources and external influence, he has transformed Abakiliki and other LGAs with projects.
“Igbos believe that with Umahi, Ndigbo will truly get our fair share from the Presidency which enjoys robust relationship with Ebonyi state. We urge our people to ensure he’s re elected.”
Speaking on security threat, he declared that “Igbos should not feel threatened in Lagos.
“So, we call on security agents to ensure that the election is peaceful. We warn that no security agent should intimidate any Igbo voter in the Southeast as we are aware that some desperate politicians may want to use security agents to subvert the will of the people, but it will be resisted.”