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2019 presidency: Okorocha condemns Ohanaeze’s endorsement of Atiku



Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has condemned the endorsement of Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate by the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Ohaneze Ndigbo had few days ago fully endorsed Atiku as its candidate for the February 16 presidential polls.

Reacting, Okorocha described Abubakar’s endorsement as a folklore told by Ohanaeze with no electoral value.

In a statement signed yesterday by his Chief Press Secretary, Sam Onwuemeodo, Okorocha said the endorsement should “not make anyone to lose sleep.”

The Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum insisted that the body is not a registered political party, hence can’t take such decisions.

He recalled that Ohanaeze’s action was the second time, having done such in 2015, yet could not succeed.

He said: “Ohanaeze is a socio-cultural organisation and not a registered political party and there is no voting unit or polling booth called Ohanaeze. The adoption is neither here nor there, since it has no electoral value.

“This is also not the first time Ohanaeze has adopted a PDP presidential candidate. It did that in 2015, yet, PDP failed with its presidential candidate, while APC won with its presidential candidate.”

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