Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation Ohanaeze Ndigbo has described the declaration of the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to contest the Presidency in 2023 as “dead on arrival,” saying that it runs against the rules of natural justice.
It alleged that the former Lagos State Governor has chosen to add to the crisis of Nigeria instead of joining hands with patriots to save the corporate existence of the country.
Tinubu had on Monday revealed to State House correspondents after a private meeting with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, that he informed the President of his decision to run for the office of President in 2023.
A report this morning by The PUNCH quoted Ohanaeze spokesman, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, as telling one of its correspondents while reacting to Tinubu’s formal declaration: “It is an assertion rooted in history and experience that any project that is not supported by justice and equity will not succeed.”
Ogbonnia said Tinubu knew that he was doing the wrong thing, embarking on a project that was not rooted in equity, justice and fair play.
He was quoted as saying: “It is a project that is dead on arrival. Because God is a universal entity that he is always interested in truth, fairness and equity. So for anybody embarking on anything that is not rooted in equity and justice will not succeed and this is a countervailing force that has sustained this world from the beginning.
“So Tinubu knows that he is embarking on a cause that has no foundation in anything: foundation in equity and justice, and of course is a project that will not succeed.”
Continuing, the Ohanaeze spokesman said it was very unfortunate that Tinubu had decided to add to the crisis in Nigeria, “because there is this collective conscience that has been guiding this country. The collective conscience is to culturally determine what is right and what is wrong and to pursue the one that is right and ignore the one that is wrong.
“But all the same, those who have really gone against the convention has often lost, you know at a point General Sani Abacha wanted to continue but he lost; Goodluck Jonathan ran against the current he lost any other person that tries to go against the convention and the current will always lose it. Mr Tinubu is working across purposes with the foundations of this country – foundation rooted in equity and justice.
“He knows that this is the turn of the Igbo and instead of supporting for the Igbo to emerge for peace to reign, for the corporate existence of Nigeria to remain intact, he decided adding to the problem and crisis. So for one to succeed as a matter of facts, patriots should consider the collective interest – the group interest more than self-interest. But in this case now Tinubu is more interested in self-interest. He considered self-interest above group interest or corporate existence of Nigeria. And that is selfishness at its height and any country that has such people is always in problem.
“Ohanaeze’s position is that Tinubu knows that he is doing the wrong thing. He is embarking on a project that is not rooted in equity, justice and fair play, and is against the common current of the conscience of the people and to that extent he will surely lose.”