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On October 12, 2018, the news came to us that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party has chosen Mr Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State as his running mate in the forthcoming presidential election.

After brief consultation the President of Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) was mandated by the leadership to issue a brief statement stating that ADF welcome the nomination of Obi and congratulating Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate.

We followed by sending text messages to our brothers who were said to be complaining about the procedure of te nomination to withdraw their opposition and support Mr Obi’s nomination.

Since then, we have received several questions, particularly from some of our members as well as the broad spectrum of Umuigbo world-wide, asking for clarification on the ADF action. Some of the questions being asked are:
Why Mr, Peter Obi?

Why Mr Atiku Abubakar?
What will be the impact of their Presidency on the Igbo predicament in the Federal Republic of Nigeria?

How does this action of ADF relate to the mission of ADF which Umuigbo has increasingly come to identify with globally?

It is for the sake of clarifying these crucial but very legitimate questions amongst other issues that the leadership of Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) is addressing this International Press Conference.

Why Peter Obi?
In our brief congratulatory message to Alhaji Atiku for choosing Mr Obi as his running mate, ADF stated:
“His Excellency, Mr Peter Obi, is one of the most Authentic,Trusted and Capable Igbo leaders through whom the continued membership of Alaigbo in the Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria can be negotiated”.

Please note that ADF did not say that Mr Obi is the only person in Alaigbo worthy of such a choice by Atiku. But what is the basis of the judgment by ADF? Here is our answer.

In 2016, when nobody was thinking of Election or Nomination for the Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Alaigbo Development Foundation, ADF, in further pursuit of her Aku-Ruo Ulo (Invest-At-Home) Movement, decided to undertake an Industrial Tour of Alaigbo to see for ourselves the challenges facing Umuigbo in their desire to invest and develop Alaigbo. The tour took us to Nnewi and Onitsha industrial axis.

It was amazing the extensive industrial complex in Onitsha which many people do not know. This was largely, as we were informed, due to Mr. Obi’s Administration. At Nnewi, we visited the massive Innoson Motor Manufacturing Complex. Innoson told us that everyone should thank Mr Peter Obi for what we were seeing of his Industry. For a take-off, Gov. Obi gave him a contract to produce vehicles for schools and institutions in Anambra state and paid him N5 billion up front. And he delivered the vehicles before the deadline given to him. He received further similar encouragement from Mr Peter Obi.

We were also informed that one of our business gurus had his goods seized at the International Airport in Lagos. Mr. Obi flew to Abuja and got President Jonathan’s intervention and had the goods released. What about his care of the old veteran political leaders in Anambra State – the late Mathematician and political leader, Prof. Chike Obi? What about Chief Mbazulike Amaechi?

ADF still has the video of the Industrial Tour for anyone who cares to listen to it on our website. Given this character of the man, Mr Peter Obi, it is inconceivable if he would be in any regime that continues to hunt and willfully destroy Igbo businesses and Igbo businessmen.

Mr Obi is a pragmatic business man and we expect that he will be sensitive to the basic interests of the development of Alaigbo in the interim. Someone told us that the choice of Peter Obi is premised on his vast experiences in the areas of investment, economic and social development, an area Nigeria is scoring below par at the moment.
Why Atiku Abubakar – a Fulani and a Moslem?

Many of us knew Atiku Abubakar initially through his political patron, late Shehu Yar’Adua. That was at the 1994-5 National Constitutional Conference. Yar’Adua was a Fulani and a Moslem, he was a liberal MoslemFulani whose main allies were Southerners. His liberal outlook pitched him against the late Sani Abacha as well as the most conservative elements among the forces of hegemony. We remember the long reign of Military autocracy that culminated in the fascist regime of General Sani Abacha.

We remember the great achievements of that Conference. General Shehu Yar’Adua was at the head of the Liberal North and worked with the liberal forces in the South to initiate most of the democratic provisions meant to promote equity, justice and democratic governance in the Federation. One remembers the six geo-political zones, power-sharing and rotation of the Presidency, federal character principle and commission, new revenue allocation formula, etc, etc.

Thus, from the ideological and political point of view, we have a basis for choosing between these two Moslem-Fulani candidates – Buahari and Atiku.

What will be the impact of their Presidency on the Igbo predicament in the Federal Republic of Nigeria?

The fact is that there are great obstacles on the way to our freedom which we must struggle to eliminate. Issues of development of Alaigbo, homeland security and protection of our people from the menace and killings of suspected herdsmen, dismantling of the military siege of Alaigbo, near comprehensive elimination of our people from the federal bureaucracy, total decay of our infrastructure, hounding of our businessmen, harassment and torture of our youth, We must continue to fight against these critical obstacles to our survival as a people.

The mission of ADF is the Rebuilding and Development of Igbo Nation and the Rebirth and Advancement of the Spirit of her Culture and Civilization. Put differently,ADF works for the
Restoration of the philosophical and social values of the Igbo Society; Re-energizing and Refocusing of basic Igbo communal spirit (Umunna), together with the spirit of enterprise and individual drive (Ikenga), anchored on the fundamental moral and spiritual ethos (Ofo-na-ogu). Ndigbo have been recognized world-wide for these philosophical and social values from time immemorial.

On the question of whether the Atiku/Obi ticket can win the 2019 Federal election. We in ADF dare say that Buhari can win only if the election is rigged. The election can only be rigged if the Security forces (Army, Navy, Air Force, Police, DSS, EFCC, para-military agencies) and INEC are used to rig the election. In addition, they will succeed if the courts are used to provide legal legitimacy to the result of such rigging.

​Yes, all these are possible. But ADF believes that there are well-meaning personnel of these agencies whose conscience will resist any such plot.

Finally, ADF would like to state quite categorically that we do not condemn anyone who honestly seeks the path of collective solidarity and collective support of Ndigbo for the nomination of Mr. Peter Obi as the Vice Presidential Candidate of the PDP, and to ensure the victory of their ticket. The trouble is only with those who,for one selfish reason or the other, seek to undermine the nomination and the victory of the ticket. There is no doubt that right now, as someone has stated, that over 95 per cent of Ndigbo endorse the choice. Ndigbo must now stand as one man to ensure the victory of the Atiku/Obi ticket.
The APGA Primary in Imo State.

There is no way we can end this International Press Conference without a word on the political developments within the APGA family in Imo State. In short, ADF condemns the inability of the leadership of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) to conduct a transparent Party Primary to choose their candidates for the 2019 election in Imo State.

ADF is not concerned about who was chosen but about the fact that there was obvious lack of transparency and decency in the exercise. Our worry stems from the fact that Umuigbo were beginning to look in the direction of APGA for the evolution of a political party that can effectively champion their Regional interest.

The Alaigbo Development Foundation (ADF) hereby wishes to appeal to the political class in Alaigbo not to allow their political interests and ambitions to override the fundamental interests of Ndigbo.

– Nwala and Aniekwu are​​​ ADFPresident​ and Secretary

Abba Mahmood returns next week



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