The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has said people of the South East spoke their mind through the ballot box during the just concluded presidential election.
Ohanaeze stated this while reacting to comments by Chief George Moghalu faulting its endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
In a statement issued in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital by its National Publicity Secretary, Pince Uche Achi-Okpaga, over the weekend, the organisation insisted that people of the South East would still repeat the same voting pattern if given another opportunity.
The organisation accused Moghalu of whipping up sentiments.
The statement reads: “Those who are now working against the majority interest of the people just because they are picking some crumbs falling from the presidential table, will be victims of posterity, l bet you.
“Ohanaeze will not be tempted to join issues with people like Chief George Moghalu who dwell in whipping up sentiments and want to use Ohanaeze’s name to attract cheap political relevance and attention.
“Perhaps, Chief Moghalu has become the spokesperson of the APC and ended up contradicting himself by saying that power is taken and not given.
“You see, when power is taken from the people, it becomes illegitimate but when it is given by the people through the process of free and fair exercise of their mandate in an election, it becomes legitimate.
“In true democracies, power is usually in the hands of the electorate and not the elected or the rulers and you do not take power from them. Instead, they give it through the exercise of their mandate. Recall the words of former President Goodluck Jonathan,
“My political ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.”
“The staccato and alarming flow of the blood of Nigerians clearly vitiates the entire process of the 2019 presidential election and has unfortunately taken Nigeria many years backward.”