BY ANAYO OKOLI
UMUAHIA—Abia State governor, Chief Theodore Orji, has said Ndigbo would not field any presidential candidate in 2015.
According to Orji, any presidential hopeful from the South East geopolitical zone planning to challenge President Goodluck Jonathan will be embarking on a futile mission, as the zone is solidly behind the President.
The governor said this in Umuahia when he received a delegation of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Lagos branch, who were on a fact finding and courtesy visit to the state.
Orji said as long as President Jonathan would run for second term in 2015, he remained best bet for Ndigbo and should, therefore, not be distracted.
However, Orji noted that there might be opportunistic aspirants who might join the race to bargain for positions but warned that it would not work for them in 2015.
“Any person who tries it will fail. No person has any chance from this place, South East, as long as President Jonathan wants to run. For us here in Abia, supporting the President is sacrosanct,” the governor said.
He condemned the activities of those who formed parallel organisations under sundry names, claiming to represent Igbo interest, warning that such activities tended to water down the strength and integrity of the Igbo socio-cultural group.
“Every reasonable Igbo man should be a member of Ohanaeze. I am committed to supporting Ohanaeze now and forever,” Orji said.
Earlier in his remarks, the President of Ohanaeze Lagos and leader of the delegation, Chief Fabian Onwughalu, explained that the team was going round Igbo speaking states on a fact-finding mission to see how governments were performing.
He commended Governor Orji for the massive development he had unleashed on Abia State as manifested in legacy projects across the state.
Onwughalu urged the governor to ensure that whoever succeeded him would maintain the unbroken chain of development.