An Igbo group, Ndigbo Cultural Society of Nigeria (NCSN), has endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office just as it gave its backing to the candidature of Jimi Agbaje, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship standard bearer in Lagos State.
The group berated Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, for the commission’s shoddy handling of the Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) distribution.
It also expressed disgust at the recent attack on the premises of Chisco Transport Company Ltd in Lagos, during which no fewer than 18 luxury buses were burnt by thugs suspected to be members of a certain political party in the state.
Speaking at a press conference yesterday, President of NCSN, Chief Udoka Udogaranya said: “Only the presidential aspiration of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan remains best for Ndigbo and we therefore, endorse his candidature and we direct all sons and daughters of Ndigbo of voting age to brave the odds and vote for the president in the 2015 elections.
“We have no confidence in Professor Jega because he has failed to give the electorate their PVCs and seems to be partisan.”
Meanwhile, the Association of Ndi Eze Ndigbo in the Diaspora comprising all Ezes in the North, South West, South South and overseas in conjunction with the Lagos State chapter has reaffirmed its support for the governorship candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Lagos State, Mr. Jimi Agbaje.
In a press conference attended by Prince Adeniji Adele, Eze Hyacinth Ohazulike, Chief Cosmas Okoli and signed by Eze John Greg Uzobuadi, who is the association’s spokesman, the Igbo supreme traditional head in the state, reaffirmed its support for Agbaje whom they described as friend of Ndigbo.
The association stated that it was no longer news that some Igbo chiefs (not traditional leaders) hosted the conference where they claimed to be the leaders of Igbo tradition in Lagos State.
While stating that the constitution of Nigeria guarantees the chiefs the right to free speech and association, it does not give them the right to misrepresent Ndigbo.
Responding, Prince Adeniji Adele, who represented Mr. Agbaje explained that Ndigbo are ally in the struggle to liberate Lagos State from the hands of self-styled godfathers. He called on Ndigbo to continue to support President Goodluck Jonathan in his bid to rule Nigeria for a second term by giving him their bloc votes.
Source: The Sun