Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The youth wing of Ohaneze Ndigbo says it has concluded plans to organize a two million man march to galvanise support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and Mr Peter Obi.
Dr. Arthur Obiorah, the National President, Ohaneze Ndigbo Youth Worldwide, made the disclosure in a statement made available to newsmen in Onitsha.
Obiorah commended Atiku’s courage and wisdom for choosing Obi as his running mate.
“The youth wing of Ohaneze Ndigbo worldwide, the Igbo socio-cultural group wish to salute the courage of the PDP presidential candidate for the confidence reposed in a vice presidential candidate from the South-East zone.
“This has gone a long way to show that there is still hope in the Nigerian project which emphasizes unity,” he said.
“The two-million-man march, therefore, is our deliberate effort to prove the popularity of Mr Peter Obi and to express our confidence in the joint Atiku and Obi presidency come 2019 to rescue the nation from the current political, economic, social insecurity and infrastructural quagmire,” he said.
Obiorah also said the march would serve as a campaign against violence during the elections.
He added that the group would use the medium to enlighten Igbo youths on the importance of casting their vote and avoid being used as thugs before and during the 2019 elections.
He said the exercise, which will hold on Nov. 18 in Awka and Onitsha, is expected to attract all Ohaneze youths from the seven Igbo speaking states of Anambra, Imo, Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia, Delta and Rivers.
According to him, the exercise will commence by 7am from the Onitsha head bridge to Zik’s Round about, Onitsha, from where we shall move to Aroma area of Awka.
Obiorah urged all Igbo sons and daughters to ensure they collect their Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), noting that the rally would be a PVC rally in support for Atiku-Obi 2019 presidential election.
“We are ready to partner with individuals and other relevant groups as well as all Igbo sons and daughters, home and abroad to deliver Atiku/Obi joint ticket come 2019,” Obiorah added.