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Igbos Disagree Over Jonathan’s 2nd Term Ambition Bcos He’s An Ijaw Man

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Igbos Disagree Over Jonathan’s 2nd Term Ambition Bcos He’s An Ijaw Man

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Sept 29, 2014 – Igbos Disagree Over President Jonathan’s Second Term Ambition Because He’s An Ijaw Man

A war of words broke out at the weekend in Awka, Anambra State, during the Igbo Lecture Series organized by Ohaneze Ndigbo to mark the 2014 Igbo Day celebration. The National Chairman of United Peoples Par­ty (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie and the acting President of the Ijaw National Con­gress, Charles Ambaiowei, disagreed over Igbo’s support for President Goodluck Jon­athan’s presumed second term ambition.

At the lecture which held at the Women Development Centre, Awka, Chief Okorie had in his address which received a loud ovation from the audience, resented the unsolicited endorsement of Jonathan’s re-election bid by the Igbo, stating that endorsing the President without any negotiation or concrete promise to the people of the South-East amounts to sycophancy.

Okorie wondered when and why Ndigbo suddenly lost their bite, to the extent of following members of other ethnic nationalities sheepishly without asking questions or seeking to know what was in a game for them. He said: “When I look around me, I see 1,000 Igbo men who are more qualified than Jonathan, when I look again, I see more than 2,000 Igbo men that are more qualified than Buhari and Atiku put together. So, what are they telling us?

“My problem is not just that the Igbo have no good leaders to negotiate for them, my main problem is that they do not even have the teeth to bite any longer.

The UPP boss, however, distanced himself from any endorsement or adoption that President Jonathan might have received from some Igbo leaders, including Ohanaeze Ndigbo, stressing that his party would field an Igbo presidential candidate next year.

He said, “I have nothing against Jonathan, but I believe that we should negotiate before we adopt, and not adopt before we negotiate. I don’t know when Igbo grew this cold.

But reacting to Okorie’s speech, Ambaiowei, who is a former commissioner in Bayelsa State under Jonathan as governor, said the UPP’s boss claims were very far from the truth.

He said there was an existing partnership between the Igbo and the Ijaw nation, urging Okorie and his likes to rather think of how to utilize the said relationship to consolidate their stay around the corridors of power, with the hope of taking over from Jonathan after 2019.

He said, “I was on my way coming here (Awka) when I got a news alert on my phone that ‘Chekwas Okorie blasts Jonathan,’ and later I was told that Chekwas will be here and I said it will be good for me to see him.

“What I am saying is that with the partnership we already have between the Ijaw and the Igbo, we are asking our brothers here to support Goodluck Jonathan to complete his second term, and after then, we will now ensure that Jonathan hands over to the Igbo.”

However, President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Gary Igariwey, reiterated the Ohaneze stand on the matter, stating that though it was the turn of the Igbo to produce the president, they would shelve their aspiration if Jonathan declares interest.

He said he would not join issues with Okorie as he (Okorie) is a respected Igbo son, and had spoken as a politician he is. Igariwey said there was the need to call on Igbo at home and in the Diaspora to join in the collective struggle to build Igboland and make it the pride of the Igbo.

Speaking to newsmen on the Igbo Day celebration today, the President-General of World Igbo Congress (WIC), Chief Nwachukwu Anakwenze, said it would focus on calling on Igbo in the Diaspora to return. home and help build up the Igbo nation

[Reported By Daily Sun]



  1. Anonymous

    September 29, 2014 at 1:39 AM

    Igbo leaders have collected bribe for jonathan so I don’t expect them to not support him

  2. Anitah

    September 29, 2014 at 2:18 AM

    I agree with the first comenter our leaders are too greedy, they have sold their birthright

  3. lawal

    September 29, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    I am not an igbo neither am I from the east. Let the truth be told, the only igbo man worth of rolling this country from my own perspective is Rochas okorocha, one of the only men I respect alot. Even if buhari, atiku, tambuwal, oshomole, Rochas, etc and going to contest for the president of this country, Rochas okorocha will receive my first vote I will ever vote in my life since the beginning of democracy. God bless Rochas okorocha, you are truly a man of God.

  4. Ikegod

    September 29, 2014 at 7:37 AM

    Any igbo who beliv or acept d endorsment of Jonathan wit hop dat he wil hand ova 2 d igbos fool is beta describd dan dat peson bcs evn an housa bega has opend eye so if we re endosin him let it b dat he is represntin us hoo haa

  5. FX2

    September 29, 2014 at 9:20 AM

    If Igbo’s like make dem support Goodluck…He don win d election without dem.

  6. nnamdi dimkpa

    September 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    are the igboes nigerians cos’every naija persons **** but why dont naijaz allow them to go and create ar country of their own please make una pursue them from nigeria peacefully tnk u.

  7. nnamdi dimkpa

    September 29, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    give igboes a country dis world

  8. victor

    September 29, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    I suggest igbo should vote for him to continue,becouse the devil wil know is better than the angel. He might do better than last tenor. .I belive he is trying

  9. Akuwax in Mongu, Zambia.

    September 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    They are riffraffs including GEJ

  10. Omobolanle

    September 29, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    **** which is badluck ebere jonathan are riffraff we dont want them cos they will say is time for biafra which we dont want

  11. Oba

    September 29, 2014 at 10:42 PM

    Our Igbo brothers have mortgaged their presidential ambition for crumbs from Jonathan’s table. Did you here them talking about marginalization again? They have sold their right to contest 2015 presidential election in exchange for appointments as SGF, in labour, health, finance, energy, senate, reps,aviation etc.These juicy appointments and fat contracts have made them to jettison their interest in the No one seat. We shall see how Jonathan will hand over to them in 2019 if he succeeds in his second term bid. We shall see how Ijaw and Igbo votes will give them the presidency.

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