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Ohanaeze kicks against Tinubu’s presidential ambition

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Posted: January 11, 2022 at 2:22 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Igbo apex socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has kicked against the presidential ambition of the National Leader of All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.

This is coming as the former governor of Lagos State declared his interest to contest the presidential race in 2023.

Reacting to Tinubu’s declaration of his presidential ambition, the Igbo apex group said Tinubu would be violating the rule of natural justice if he contest the race.

It said Tinubu could have contributed to the unity of the country by supporting the aspiration of the Igbo people to produce the next president of the country.

The spokesman for the Igbo apex body, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, while speaking about Tinubu’s declaration said, “It is an assertion rooted in history and experience that any project that is not supported by justice and equity will not succeed.

He also ventilated that that Tinubu’s project was not rooted in the unity and equity of Nigeria’s existence, adding that “It is a project that is dead on arrival. Because God is a universal entity that he is always interested in truth, fairness, and equity. So for anybody embarking on anything that is not rooted in equity and justice will not succeed and this is a countervailing force that has sustained this world from the beginning.

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“So Tinubu knows that he is embarking on a cause that has no foundation in anything:  foundation in equity and justice, and of course is a project that will not succeed.”

Ohanaeze spokesman, however, said Tinubu’s decision would fuel the division in the country “because there is this collective conscience that has been guiding this country. The collective conscience is to culturally determine what is right and what is wrong and to pursue the one that is right and ignore the one that is wrong.

“But all the same, those who have really gone against the convention has often lost, you know at a point General Sani Abacha wanted to continue but he lost; Goodluck Jonathan ran against the current he lost any other person that tries to go against the convention and the current will always lose it. Mr Tinubu is working across purposes with the foundations of this country – foundation rooted in equity and justice.

“He knows that this is the turn of the Igbo and instead of supporting for the Igbo to emerge for peace to reign, for the corporate existence of Nigeria to remain intact, he decided to add to the problem and crisis. So for one to succeed as a matter of fact, patriots should consider the collective interest – the group interest more than self-interest. But in this case now Tinubu is more interested in self-interest. He considered self-interest above group interest or corporate existence of Nigeria. And that is selfishness at its height and any country that has such people is always in problem.

“Ohanaeze’s position is that Tinubu knows that he is doing the wrong thing. He is embarking on a project that is not rooted in equity, justice and fair play, and is against the common current of the conscience of the people and to that extent he will surely lose.”

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