Awka—FORMER president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Dr. Dozie Ikedife, has described groups endorsing President Goodluck Jonathan of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and General Muhammadu Buhari (retd) of All Progressives Congress, APC, for the forthcoming presidential election as not being sincere.
Ikedife, who was particularly worried about the action of some Igbo groups competing for the endorsement, told reporters at Nnewi, Anambra State, that politics was all about interests and wondered what the groups stood to gain by not considering their group interests first before making the endorsement public.
He said: “We are dwelling on things that do not matter. Endorsement is done by these groups because of what they are given and these endorsements are purchasable.
“Endorsement or not, Nigerians are becoming more analytical and, therefore, know who to vote for during the election.
“In the politics of Nigeria, Igbo should always think of their group interest and then national interest. Many people have been wondering what will be the Igbo interest after the elections.
“For instance, if there is trouble in the North, the Niger Delta or in any part of the country after the elections, how will it affect Igbo?
“Our people have to consider where their interests is best suited and religion should not be the issue in choosing a leader.”