By Clifford Ndujihe
A cross section of Igbo women and youths has urged President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, not to take the South-East geo-political zone for granted in the February 14 presidential polls or he may lose millions of votes in the area.
In a joint statement, the Igbo Women Assembly, IWA, and South-East Self-Determination Coalition, SESDC, said the president might lose millions of Igbo votes ‘’not because Ndigbo do not want to vote for him but because of other factors, some of which, there may not be adequate time to remedy just three weeks to the elections.’’
According to the statement by Mr. Samuel Edeson (Coordinator, SESDC) and Mrs. Maria Okwor, (Leader, IWA), ‘’problem number one is the great difficulty in assessing the permanent voters card, PVC, by eligible voters. The cumbersome and stressful yet unsuccessful attempts by many to get their PVC will most certainly impact negatively on the volume of votes from the South -East. Problem number two is the anger among many groups in the East who feel sidelined by the handlers of the president who are said to be choosy as they isolate certain groups in favour of others, those sidelined claim they will not vote either way. They say they will stay at home on February 14 and mobilize their members and supporters to stay home in protest to what they see as disrespect and humiliation by the president’s men.’’
‘’There are organizations who accuse the PDP of arrogance and over-confidence. They say they are tired of being reminded by the PDP that they can go to hell as the party will win in Igbo land head or tail and therefore do not need to canvass for support. There are also Igbo groups who believe that Jonathan has not performed, especially in the area of fulfilling promises made to Ndigbo four years ago. They feel offended that he has refused to approach the people with his agenda and rather bent on getting their votes free of charge.”