Presidential candidate of the United Progressives Party (UPP) in the forthcoming general elections, Chekwas Okorie, has stated that the socio-political group Ohanaeze Ndigbo sold Igbo interest to endorse President Goodluck Jonathan for re-election.
Speaking with journalists in Enugu, Okorie decried the situation where Ohanaeze leaders were fighting over bribe obtained for the endorsement of a presidential candidate.
According to him, when an umbrella body of Ndigbo would require inducement to give an endorsement, where lies the Igbo interest?
The UPP chair noted that if the leadership of Ohanaeze had gone to negotiate with the demands of their people, they would no have been asking for inducement to endorse Jonathan’s re-election bid.
Okorie said he was surprised that, in spite of the sacrifices he has made for Ohanaeze and Igbo people in general, he offered himself for the presidency, which Igbos have been yearning for, and yet those who call themselves Igbo leaders did not support one of their own, but endorsed Jonathan.
“I feel disappointed. But I feel that Ohanaeze has betrayed Ndigbo more than I feel betrayed. You see, they have brought shame to Ndigbo. Look at an umbrella body like Ohanaeze.
“They are now exposing themselves to public ridicule. They are now accusing them of collection N5 billon for an endorsement and they are denying they didn’t collect.
“But, definitely, they are dishing out some money to chapters of Ohanaeze. Where did that money come from? At the same time, the current President-General of Ohanaeze is shamelessly telling the public that Rotimi Amaechi and Rochas Okorocha are funding the other side, that is the Ralph Obioha, Mbazulike Amechi side.
“You now have an Ohanaeze that is drawing money outside Igboland to fight each other. So, I feel disappointed as a person, but I feel sorry for Igbo people because these people have betrayed them,” he said.
Meanwhile, former Minister of Culture and Tourism, Ambassador Frank Ogbuewu, who is the Deputy Coordinator of the Jonathan/Sambo 2015 Presidential Campaign organisation in Ebonyi State, has said that Governor Martin Elechi is against the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan and all the candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 elections.
Ogbuewu, while declaring that the PDP in the state does not need the help of the governor to ensure victory for Jonathan and all it candidates, said that, “Elechi was not a member of PDP and there is no way such character can make Jonathan lose in the state.”
Briefing newsmen in Abakaliki, he stressed that though Elechi has no capacity to make Jonathan lose in Ebonyi, the political situation in the state is unique as “this is the first time in the state where a PDP government is working for the opposition Labour Party at the state level and also pretending to be working for the PDP presidential candidate”.
Ogbuewu said: “How can Elechi claim he is working for Jonathan when he has not attended any of the PDP rallies in the state? We have a unique situation in Ebonyi.
“Elechi is still a PDP leader in the state because he has not openly denounced his membership but he has no capacity to make the President lose in Ebonyi because he is not a politician and he is not a member of PDP in the first place.
“In fact, the position he is occupying now came by chance. He took my chance, because he was not in the picture when an Ikwo man was needed”.
He also re-affirmed that the governorship candidature of Dave Umahi has once more united all the stakeholders and political bigwigs in the state, expressing optimism that Ebonyi would be better off by the time Umahi wins because people would be free to volunteer ideas and money to develop the state.
Source: Daily Independent


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