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Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahihas said that the presidential candidate of Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, knew he could not win the February 25 presidential election .
Umahi said the wise thing for the Igbos to do is to tell themselves the truth that, Igbos alone cannot make themselves President.
He advised that the dream of being the president of Nigeria wouid be achieved if the Igboswork with other tribes as the South-West did with the North and succeeded.
The Ebonyi governor said this at the Ebonyi International Airport, Onueke, in the Ezza South Local Government Area of the state, while addressing stakeholders and people of Ezza clan on Monday.
He also said that the outcome of the election has vindicated Anambra State Governor, Charles Soludo, who ,he said, had predicted that Obi wouid not win .
But, Umahi, who is Chairman of the South-East Governors’ Forum, said that he was not against the South-East Zone for voting massively for Obi, during the presidential election.
He added that it is always important for any tribe to reserve a slot for negotiation.
He said, “The All Progressives Congress is not angry or does not condemn Obi’s feat as the South-East has made a strong statement with it.
“One, however, dogs with two-arrowed woods so that when one fails to stick on the target, the other wood will stick to it.
“Governor Charles Soludo of Anambra State harped on this fact and was crucified ; but his words have been accomplished. The wise thing for the Igbos to do is to tell themselves the truth that we alone cannot make ourselves President.
“We have to work with other tribes as the South-West did with the North and have succeeded.
“We have to stop being parochial and clannish; who could have believed that Obi was talking with me up till the last minute?” he added.
Recall that Soludo had, in an article dated November 14, 2022, stated that Obi would not win the presidential election.
He stated, “Let’s be clear: Peter Obi knows that he can’t and won’t win. He knows the game he is playing, and we know too; and he knows that we know.”
Speaking on the need for the Igbo to build alliances, Soludo had stated, “When will Ndigbo understand and learn politics, especially of Nigeria? When Bola Ahmed Tinubu defied the political wind of the time and stood out as the ‘only man standing’ in AD and later AC (before ACN) against a sitting President of Yoruba descent, no one accused him of being ‘anti-Yoruba.’
“Indeed, everyone recalls that both Tinubu and President Obasanjo disagree politically, and probably still disagree but none is being accused of being ‘anti- Yoruba’.
“Under Tinubu, the South-West strategically organized under a different political party, the ACN and went into a formidable alliance that kicked out a sitting President (in Africa?), and that alliance is not broken yet.
Igbos, in their frenzied Nzogbu nzogbu politics, have sadly found themselves in a political cul de sac. Tragic indeed! When will my people smell the morning coffee?”
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