The youth wing of the main Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, has come to the Governor of Anambra State, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo’s, defence following his recent letter to Mr. Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate.
In the viral statement, Soludo said that Obi was only playing games and would never be considered for the presidency.
Many individuals and groups have since come down hard on the Governor, with impeachment threats dangled in front of him.
But in a press statement issued on Tuesday, the National President of OYC Worldwide, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike said Soludo should be left alone.
Okwu, who said Peter Obi’s candidacy should not be reduced into an Igbo project, said Soludo reserved the right to support any candidate of his choice.
He said, “We want to say that the reactions that Soludo’s statement has generated are worrisome and needles too. It has gotten to the point that some people are talking of impeachment while others are threatening to dump refuse at the Government House.
“At this point, we say that enough is enough. Peter Obi’s candidacy is not an Igbo project as the people have never met anywhere as a group to take a stand one way or the other. Under such a circumstance, people have the right to support any candidate of their choice and that is exactly what Soludo has done.
“In the South-West, the Afenifere endorsed Peter Obi despite the fact that their son Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is in the race, yet nobody has abused them. It is a matter of choice.
“People should also not forget that Soludo belongs to another party, APGA, with candidates for various positions. How then will he abandon them and begin to market candidates of another political party.
“Having said this, we ask that all manner of attacks on Prof. Soludo should stop. Nobody had the monopoly of such shenanigans. Nobody can chase him out of the Government House merely because he exercised his rights.”
The group urged Soludo to move on unperturbed as he had not committed any crime.