The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide has threatened that south east will boycott voting in the forthcoming general elections in 2023 if the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the leading opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) fail to zone their presidential tickets to South East.
The group noted that it would mobilize the zone to use the option of the usual sit-at home order to boycott the elections.
The factional Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide. Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro made this known in a statement made available to Daily Trust on Thursday.
He said, “The decision of PDP for an open contest and jettisoned the zoning formula shows the height of deception, treachery, and deceit against Ndigbo after milking Igbo votes for 22years.
“PDP bluntly abolished zoning formula to prove that Igbo is unqualified for flying her ticket in the 2023 presidential elections, the consequences of this backstabbing and betrayal will be a catastrophic failure of PDP in 2023 elections.
“Without an Igbo as presidential flagbearers in APC and PDP, there will be a total boycott of 2023 elections through sit-at-home”, he said.
Mazi Isiguzoro further alleged that the appointment of the former Senate President, David Mark, as the Chairman of PDP convention/primaries was to rig the election against the Southeast contestants.
“That is a clear evidence that there are ongoing backstage and nefarious activities by the North to impose Atiku Abubakar as the 2023 PDP flag bearer.
“And we are cognizant of the fact that Former Senate President Saraki, Gov Bala Mohamed, and other Northerners are working for Atiku’s emergence against Igbo aspirants,
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide demands that except that PDP Presidential ticket favors a southerner, especially the Igbo, there will be a boycott of PDP at the 2023 presidential election.
“Our suspicions were reinforced that there will be a high level of manipulation and rigging with the appointment a northern as the PDP Convention Chairman and another Northerner as National Chairman of PDP”, he explained.
He maintained that the PDP has exhibited act of not being fair to the zone, stressing that the zone has supported the party for 22 years.
“The decision of PDP for an open contest and jettisoned the zoning formula shows the height of deception, treachery, and deceit against Ndigbo, after milking Igbo votes for 22years,” he stated.