Former Abia governor, Chief Orji Kalu, has berated the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, for endorsing the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), former Vice President Abubakar Atiku.
Kalu expressed his disappointment with the group on Sunday in an interview with newsmen in his Camp Neya country home in Igbere, Bende Local Government Area of the state. He said that the John Nwodo-led executive of the organisation betrayed the people’s trust and exposed the body as being partisan. According to him, Ohaneze is a socio-cultural organisation and so should not be seen to be partisan.
While noting that what the leadership did by endorsing Atiku was not in the interest of the Igbo nation, Kalu said the endorsement also did not enjoy the support of the majority of members but may be a committee’s decision. Kalu described the endorsement as wrong and capable of decimating the organisation into two factions, if not rescinded.
While rejecting the endorsement, Kalu disclosed plans to consult with Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra and other people of goodwill to decide what to do next. He noted that those who endorse Atiku are card-carrying members of PDP, and therefore cannot use Ohanaeze platform to endorse any candidate.
The former governor dismissed the fear that the endorsement would sway the voting pattern in the South-East against President Muhammadu Buhari.