THE national president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo youths wing worldwide Comrade Dr Arthur Uchenna Obiorah has asked Igbo youths to remain resolute and persevere to deliver the Ime-Obi Ohaneze Ndigbo worldwide resolution, mandating Igbo to vote wisely in coming elections.
He said the youths are highly disappointed that the electoral umpire would pronounce a postponement of an election, few hours to the commencement of the election.
Dr Obiorah who made this known in a telephone interview with select journalists in Awka, the Anambra state, urged Ndigbo youths to remain calm and persevere until they fulfill the demands of Ime-Obi Ohaneze Ndigbo worldwide request them to vote for the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
The youth leader said they remain resolute and have mobilised over twenty million Igbo youths to vote for the Atiku/Obi presidential ticket in the rescheduled date, with the hope to deliver on the mandate handed over to them by Ohaneze Ndigbo worldwide.
He said, “Ohaneze youths worldwide is not really happy with what the INEC did in the last Saturday postponed elections, because we are fully prepared to come and cast our votes for candidates of our choice.”
“We are disappointed to hear the postponement at about 2.30am on election day, unfortunately, it has never happened in the history of Nigeria for an election umpire to postpone elections on the election day, it is quite unbelievable.”
“Because we are Christians and Igbos are Christians, we believe God is preparing us for the next level, a better level in the near future.
“I told my people to be calm and remain resolute wherever they are now and urged them to make sure they vote this coming Saturday and vote overwhelmingly.”
“I know it’s not easy but I want them to know it is a sacrifice we must all pay to get the country working again.”
Speaking on the grounds that the people may have suffered series of setbacks on the postponement, stating that many people had approached him that the new date coincides with their weddings, burials and other social events which he appealed to the people to persevere and ensure they pay the ultimate sacrifice to tarry awhile and vote candidates approved by the Ime-Obi of Ohaneze Ndigbo worldwide.
‘’Some people called me that they have their weddings, burials and other social events in the previous Saturday, before it was shifted to another Saturday and INEC now distort their programmes, I just say well, if it’s something we need to do to get Nigeria working again, we need to manage for us to get our dear country working again.
“I am sorry for the inconvenience this may have cost them, I have to urged them to persevere and vote overwhelmingly, mainly for the PDP, I ask them to vote for Atiku/Obi in the coming Saturday, 23rd of February, 2019 general elections.
“Let us all be patient and wait for the will of God to prevail in the coming elections.”
He went further to distance himself and disclaim some groups arrogating powers to themselves without the backing of Ime-Obi Ohaneze Ndigbo, he said he remains the authentic national president of Ohaneze Ndigbo youths worldwide, calling on Ndigbo and other social-cultural groups to disregard any statement emanating from people he referred to as impostors, who according to him may be doing the biddings of their paymasters against the general interest of Igbo youths.
Ambassador Obiorah said, “I don’t want to join issues with anybody, I don’t want to say much about the group that keep parading themselves as leaders of Ohaneze Ndigbo youth wing worldwide, one thing I know is that the Ohaneze Youth wing is only been piloted by no other person than me, Dr Arthur Uchenna Obiorah. I am the only recognised person that is piloting the affairs of this group.
“Once any statement is issued, it is issued from the Ohaneze Ndigbo office, No 7 Park Lane, G.R. A Enugu, that is our world head office.
“I also want to urge the media to verify who is issuing statements, maybe getting stories from anybody who is not recognised by the parent body of Ime-Obi Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, will not be in the interest of the Igbo youths.
“I still urge the Press to go extra mile to verify their reports before publishing, so that it will help to strengthen the union.”
“I don’t know about the impostors, but one thing that I know is that I am the authentic National president of Ohaneze Ndigbo youth wing worldwide and I am still in charge.”
“I am the leader of Igbo youths worldwide and remain so until when my tenure expires.”
“I want to urge all Igbo youths to disregard whosoever may be parading himself as the youth leader, the Ohaneze Ndigbo worldwide led by Chief Nnia Nwodo is the main body of Ohaneze Ndigbo worldwide, they recognize our leadership to pilot the affairs of Igbo youths.”
“There is nobody, even if you are claiming you are this or that, you are nothing but an impostor because we know where we are coming from.”
“The Ime-Obi has issued a statement to state where the Igbo belong, In restructuring we believe, in PDP, Atiku/Obi presidential candidate we believe because of their restructuring of Nigeria they promise us.”
“The youth wing also led by Dr Obiorah is keeping to the rules of Ime-Obi Ohaneze Ndigbo worldwide to support the joint ticket of Atiku/Obi presidential slot for Igbo youths.”
“Out national secretariat once again is at, 7 park Lane G.R.A Enugu.”
“I urge all Ndigbo and every other group to disregard the impostors and want to appeal to our people to vote where the interest of Ndigbo are, our interest is to vote for Atiku/Obi for President.”
“Ime-Obi Ohaneze Ndigbo has issued a statement to that regard and we have mobilised over twenty million Igbo youths across the 36 states of Nigeria and FCT to vote for the candidate of Ime-Obi ohanaeze Ndigbo in the coming presidential election,” he assured.
Finally, he urged Igbo youths to remain wherever they are and ensure they pay that ultimate sacrifice to vote for the presidential candidates of the PDP, Atiku/Obi in the INEC election rescheduled date of 23rd of February, 2019.