The endorsement of the People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, by some South Eastern leaders, has generated an outcry from the ruling party. The All Progressive Congress Party has come out to say that the vote of confidence is an insult to the Igbo People.
The Spokesperson for the ruling party, Mr. Lanre Isa-Onilu, in a message on Tuesday night, said that the PDP and it’s presidential candidate, Mr. Atiku has lost all sense of shame.
Major news agencies around the country reported that Igbo leaders including elders, traditional and religious leaders as well as women groups endorsed the joint presidential ticket of Mr. Abubakar and Peter Obi for the 2019 general election after a one-day meeting in Enugu.
The reports also said Ben Nwabueze, an elderly law professor and Igbo leader, showed his support for the presidential project, urging Igbos to support the project.
The report said this was revealed in a five-point communique issued at the end of the summit with the theme “Ndigbo 2019 and Beyond” and that the leaders commended the restructuring agenda put on the table by Atiku/Obi, which four zones of the country had agreed on as the reason for their decision.
However, the APC claims the Igbo people were “frontline victims of the PDP’s misrule in 16 years and can’t wait to know the promises they are making them now”.
“The APC considers Atiku and his PDP co-travelers as people who have lost any sense of shame.
“The purported endorsement of Atiku and PDP by some leaders of the South-east for the 2019 general elections is an affront on the Igbo people who were frontline victims of the 16 years of the PDP misrule. “It will be interesting to know what the PDP will be telling the Igbo people during the campaign.”