By Tony Edike
ENUGU—AHEAD of the emergence of a Northern consensus candidate for the 2011 presidential election, leaders of various campaign organizations of the four aspirants from the region have commenced the process of harmonizing the groups to form a united front for an effective and coherent campaign for the candidate in the South-East zone.
Apart from consolidating their campaign in favour of the Northern presidential candidate that would emerge from the group of four, the South East campaign coordinating groups have also intensified their fight for Igbo presidency in 2015 which had been adopted as a major political project by Ndigbo.
A member of Ibrahim Babangida campaign organization, Professor A. B. C. Nwosu, who spoke with newsmen after the meeting of the four campaign organizations in Enugu yesterday, said the campaign organizations of the four Northern presidential candidates, under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the South East, had been harmonized to achieve a common objective.
“In realization that we are all going to merge under one candidate who would emerge as the presidential candidate from the North, we have started meeting to harmonize our position and share resources, “ Nwosu said, adding that the meeting was convened by the Igbo Political Forum, led by former Central Bank governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo.
Soludo chaired the meeting which was attended by Chief Ken Emechebe, who represented Senator Ben Obi for the Gusau organization; Dubem Onyia who represented the Atiku Campaign Organization with his team, Dr Udenta Udenta, Director General of Bukola Saraki campaign organisation and Professor ABC Nwosu and Chief Obinna Uzor, who led IBB Campaign organization.
According to Prof. Nwosu, the meeting which was intended to harmonize all the campaign organizations of the Northern presidential candidate for effective and coherent campaign in zone, was very cordial.
He said the participants “have developed an eight-point action agenda to convince our people on the need for Igbo presidency 2015 and share resources to achieve our objectives.
“We developed a slogan, ‘PDP – Power to Ndigbo and Power to Ndigbo 2015’ to show that our quest for 2015 is non-negotiable. That no matter how kind and friendly our neighbor can be, our destiny as Ndigbo lies in our hands,” Prof Nwosu, who is the Director of Strategy, Planning and Research for the IBB campaign organisation, said.
He further disclosed that the meeting reviewed the recent endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, and expressed shock over the comment by its President-General, Ambassador Ralph Uwechue, that Ndigbo held several meetings with Ijaw National Congress, INC, without giving details of their agreements.
“We were shocked that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo President-General, Ambassador Ralph Uwechue, indicated that they had been holding meetings with Ijaw National Congress, INC, and we will like to know what agreements they have reached so that we consider the agreements and see how they serve the Igbo interest,” Nwosu stated.