2011: Ohanaeze endorses Jonathan for presidency

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    2011: Ohanaeze endorses Jonathan for presidency
    By Ozioma Ubabukoh, Enugu
    Monday, 1 Nov 2010

    Apex South-East organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has endorsed the ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan to contest the 2011 presidential election.

    President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Ralph Uwechue, made the assertion at a press conference after the Imeobi (inner caucus) meeting of the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organisation on Sunday.

    Uwechue, who described Jonathan as the best option for Ndigbo in 2011, also debunked rumours that the Ohanaeze leadership was bribed by the presidency to support him.

    He said his leadership moved swiftly to support the President when some Igbo leaders agreed to work with some Northern leaders to produce a Northern presidency in 2011, after which power would go to the South-East in 2015.

    Uwechue said the spurious agreement made the Ohanaeze leadership to embark on consultations with Igbo leaders on the way forward, adding the consensus was that Jonathan remained the best option for Ndigbo in 2011.

    He said, “You could recall that in 1979, the entire Igbo ethnic group at home and Diaspora was in support of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe for the presidency of this country.

    “The North, therefore, brought in Ekwueme as vice-president to split Igbo votes. Ekwueme eventually emerged vice-president under Shehu Shagari in 1979. Shagari secured his second term and to stop Ekwueme from taking over, the North sponsored a coup in 1983.â€

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