Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, the President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has explained why Igbos did not vote for President Bola Tinubu in the 2023 elections.
He revealed this during a courtesy call on the Oba of Lagos, Rilwan Akiolu, at his palace on Sunday. He stated that the whole Igbo nation has decided to back the President Bola Tinubu-led administration. He also urged the king to foster a stronger bond between the Igbo and Yoruba in Lagos..
In his words, “During the election, we, Igbo didn’t vote for Bola because we were told it was our turn. Bola was very good to us when he was governor. He treated Ndigbo very well. During the time of the governorship, Igbo in Lagos came to me, and I told them to support Governor Sanwo Olu.
“But the President of Nigeria today is Bola Tinubu. Ohanaeze has pledged our loyalty to support our brother because he was gladly nominated by his party, the All Progressive Congress (APC).
“He went for the election and was declared the winner. People went to the tribunal, and the tribunal said Tinubu won. They went to the Supreme Court, and the apex court said he won.
“I can tell you now, as the president of Ohaneze Ndigbo, that Igbo have resolved that we are going to give total support to President Tinubu. Let him believe us; I am the leader of Ndigbo.
“What we want from Tinubu is justice, fairness, and equity. We don’t want to take another person’s state; whatever is our right should be given to us.
“We are going to support him, we are going to be loyal to him, and anybody who fights him unjustly, we are going to join him to fight such a person, but all we want is for him to give us our rights.”
The Ohanaeze leader, however, reiterated that there was no rift between the Yoruba and Igbo.
“There’s no rift. Igbo and Yoruba have no problem at all.
“Our parents in Igboland always tell us that wherever we go, we should obey the laws of people. I’m also advising the younger generation to cultivate the habit of obeying the laws of the land, as it is too late to talk about separation between Ndigbo and Yoruba. We are now inseparable.”