The South-East chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has commended a socio-cultural group, Ohaneze Ndigbo, for avoiding the issue of the adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as the Igbo candidate in the 2015 presidential election during its meeting at the weekend.
The group’s President-General, Gary Enwo-Igariwey, had promised last month that it would take a stand on whether or not to support Mr. Jonathan for a second term.
However, at its meeting last Sunday in Awka, Anambra State, the group shelved discussion on the issue.
The APC, in a statement by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu, on Tuesday, said it was excited that despite the intense pressure on it, the Igbo group refused to discuss the matter.
“For this noble act, we salute the Ohaneze Ndigbo leadership for abiding by the old African maxim that it is very dangerous to put all our eggs in one basket, a mistake which the late Ambassador Ralph Uwechue Ohaneze regime made in 2011,” the APC said.
The party said it was of the view that Ndigbo should think out of the box, embark on introspection and do soul searching before supporting again same president who, it alleged, had failed to honour the promises he made to the people.
It stated it was glaring that most federal roads in Igbo land were death traps, thus halting economic activities, and the 2nd Niger Bridge may be dead on arrival, as Julius Berger had not been able to source the fund for the execution of the project.
“We must remember that the Ndigbo-Chop-Sand-Band of politicians are like she-goats who only care about their immediate family,” the APC said.
“For example, is it not a paradox that Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyawu one of the Chop-Sand-Band leaders was honoured yesterday (Monday) by President Jonathan with CFR; regardless of the fact that he abandoned Onuimo Silo, an agricultural project meant to preserve the grains of poor peasant farmers in Imo State?
“In sum, we commend Chief Gary Enwo-Igariwey and his leadership for their uncommon patriotism and commitment to the ideals of democracy.”