Fashola’s Outburst, Wake-up Call to Ndigbo, Says CLO Boss


Peter Obi’s VP controversy, unnecessary, Says ex-Gov Etiaba

The Chairman of Civil Liberties Organizations (CLO), in Anambra State,Comrade  Vincent Ezekwueme, has said the  ethnic outburst  exhibited by the former Governor of Lagos State, Mr Raji Fashola, when he recently asked the Yoruba ethnic group in the country to vote President Muhammed Buhari so that power will return back to them in 2023 should be a wake up call for Ndigbo to join forces to ensure that they produce the President of Nigeria in 2023.

Fashola who made the  call during a Town Hall meeting organised by the Minister of Information, Lai Muhammed, in Lagos told the audience in Yoruba to vote Buhari so that power will return back to them in 2023.

The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, had at the wake of crisis in the Senate believed to have been masterminded by All Progressives Congress (APC) leadership told the  media that Senator Bola Tinubu, an APC chieftain had struck a deal with Buhari to support his (Tinubu) presidential ambition in 2023 in return for his support for Buhari in 2019.

But Ezekwueme said that Fashola’s outburst was a clear indication that some hawks and selfish politicians from South West were not interested in fairness and equity in the governance of the country.

He appealed to Igbo leaders  to eschew bitterness and rancour to pursue  vigorously the common  interest of Ndigbo.

Ezekwueme who spoke yesterday during a three day programme by the Movement for the Election of Nigerian President of Igbo Extraction in 2023 challenged Igbo political elites not to take Fashola’s speech lightly.

He called for peaceful and non-violent election in 2019 even as he urged Ndigbo to vote en masse a leader who will work for their interest.

Meanwhile, the Ex-Governor Dame Virgy Etiaba of Anambra State has described as unnecessary the ongoing controversy about the choice of former Governor Peter Obi as running mate to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. Lending her voice on the issue the ex governor explained that the manner in which the decision was taken might not have been the best, but was of the opinion that the outburst was uncalled for. Etiaba adjudged to be the first female Governor in Nigeria who spoke to newsmen in her country home, Nnewi at the weekend, asked the aggrieved members to sheath their swords and accept the choice in good faith

“Those aggrieved by the choice might have felt slighted due to the manner the decision was arrived at. I know there would have been better ways to have come up with the decision. But thank God Atiku remembered us this time after many years of marginalization,” she said. She further called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to maintain neutrality and unbiased disposition ahead of the 2019 general elections.

She advised that insisting on doing the right thing would not only produce credible and acceptable results, but would also reduce the number of litigation. “I plead with INEC to do the needful as the final arbiter.

Asking people to go to tribunal after election would not be the best option,” she added. The ex Governor also encouraged the eligible voters to obtain their permanent voters cards and vote wisely during the polls. Etiaba: “We should endeavour to get our PVCs ready and to vote according to our conscience.

Nobody should be coerced into voting for the candidate that is not his or her choice. “But the score card is very necessary while voting. Remember it’s not only APC and PDP that are contesting the election.

There are about 70 other presidential aspirants.” She also cautioned youths to eschew electoral violence, insisting that election should not be seen as do-or-die affair. “Life has no duplicate. Mothers in particular should advise their children not to resort to violence.

It is not a do-or-die affair. “Remember, he that fights and runs away, lives to fight another day. There should not be violence. Though there are signs of violence, we pray against such,” Etiaba added.

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