South-East town unions back Ohanaeze, endorse Atiku


An umbrella body of the Presidents-General of town unions in Igboland, Association of South-East Town Unions, has endorsed the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Peter Obi, for the February 16 election.

The association enjoined Ndigbo living across the country to vote massively for the Atiku/Obi ticket.

This was contained in a communique issued on Sunday at the end of the association’s expanded National Executive Council meeting held in Enugu.

The communique was jointly signed by the association’s National President, Chief Emeka Diwe; National Secretary, Gideon Adikwuru; and the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chief I. I. Onwubuya.

Others who signed the communique include the state chairmen, Chief Ugochukwu Akpa (Ebonyi); Chief Paully Eze (Enugu); Chief Jimie Asoegwu (Anambra); Chief Monday Ikokwu; and G. U. Mgborukwe (Abia).

The association said having followed political developments in Nigeria since 2015, it resolved to support those who mean well for the South-East and Nigeria at large.

The communique read, “That the wide acceptance of Atiku/Obi combination, a detribalised team, committed to the unity, peace and progress of the country by the people of South-East at home and abroad for February 16 election is hereby endorsed by the town unions in alignment with the earlier position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

“That our position is predicated on our conviction by the consistent promise of Atiku/Obi to restructure the country for the good of all Nigerians.

“We are further motivated by the meritorious choice of an illustrious and credible Igbo son as the vice-presidential candidate, a position that has been denied the Igbo nation for 40 years.”