Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the leading Igbo socio-cultural group, has said it would not publicly disclose its preferred candidate for the February 16 presidential election.
Chucks Ibegbu, Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said this on Saturday in Enugu.
Speaking in an interview, Ibegbu confirmed that the organisation has not adopted any candidate from the over 70 political parties contesting the election.
He stated that the organisation’s highest decision-making organ would soon decide on the “political direction” that all Igbos should follow, but noted that the decision would not be made public for possible fear of misinterpretation.
“In a few days, probably after a week, our highest decision making organ, the Imeobi, will meet during which it will decide the political direction Ndigbo will follow.
“However, the resolution might not be made public for obvious reasons,’’ he said.
Ibegbu noted that “such decision should not be taken in a haste’’ as the organisation must have evaluated the political future of the Igbos and Nigerians, in general, before endorsing any particular candidate.
He also said the view recently expressed by Rochas Okorocha, the Imo State Governor, that Ohanaeze Ndigbo should not publicly endorse any candidate would not be dismissed.
Ibegbu said: “We cannot dismiss that view because of so many existing factors; so many experiences of the past.
“You can’t dismiss Okorocha’s view on that, and that is why I told you that if we don’t endorse openly it gives us room, a corridor to negotiate.
“But if we do it openly, probably the expectation fails to work out, it might have an unintended effect.’’