Igbos residents in Abuja Municipal Area Council, have vowed to make a statement in the forth coming March 16th Area Council elections by backing the Chairmanship candidate of Igbo extraction in one of the political parties.
Rising form a crucial meeting convened under the auspices of Igbo Political Committee at eh weekend the group insisted that it will throw its weight behind one of the candidates in either All Nigeria peoples Party, All Progressive Grand Alliance or the newly registered United Peoples Party UPP.
The well attended meeting which held at Capital Lake Hotel, Jabi Abuja, featured the chairmanship candidates of the three political parties namely: Peter Chukwuemeka, Diogwu (ANPP); Hon. Philip Okorie, (APGA) and Hon. Chambers Okorie (UPP).
The candidates took time to address the audience marshalling out their programmes if voted into office, at the end of which it was agreed that another meeting should be held on Friday 22 February 17, 2013 At which one of them would be endorsed as consensus candidate of Ndigbo for the AMAC Election.
It was equally agreed that the group will engage in intensive election campaigns that will cover all the wards in AMAC for sensitization of the electorate to vote for the candidate so endorsed.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, chairman of the FCT Igbo political Committee, Prince Emeka Okoye expressed satisfaction with the conduct of the meeting saying that the outcome is that the Igbos want to have a voice and would want to make a very strong political statement that Igbos must work as an identified voice under one umbrella.
He added that all the parties agreed that there must be a consensus candidate “right now, having reached this level, we are going to somewhere to finalize when we have a political debate among the candidates and other things that will be done for the consensus candidate of the committee to emerge.
“From the statements made by each of the invited candidates, it is obvious that we are not going to have any problem in picking one of them as the consensus candidate because they agreed that Igbos must work as an identified force no matter the party the candidates belongs.
We have also agreed that Igbos residents in Abuja are going to produce or work with that candidate who would finally emerge and the committee will move into the field for a two weeks intensive electioneering campaign for the candidate”, Prince Okoye said.
It was gathered that what gave rise to this decision was the refusal by the dominant political party in FCT, Peoples Democratic Party to concede any elective position within AMAC to Igbo race.
It would be recalled that there are 22 elective positions in AMAC namely: the Chairmanship position, Vice chairmanship postion and 20 councillorship positions.
Igbo political elite in Abuja most of who are card Carrying members of the PDP are said to have been very angry with the decision of the party not to concede any of these elective position to their people.
Many of them have therefore vowed to work vehemently against the PDP, Last Friday’s meeting was said to have been the fourth in the series of meetings so far held by the group to fashion out the best way to emerge victorious in March 16 Area Councils Poll of the FCT.
They lamented that in spite of the fact that they have been providing the funding for campaign expenses of PDP candidates, their pleas for inclusion for people of their race for this year’s elections met with stiff resistance by the owners of PDP.