By Kenneth Onyekwere, Abakiliki,
Apex lgbo Socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, has Congratulated President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on his Supreme Court Victory.
Ohanaeze urged the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and the Presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP), Mr Peter Obi, to emulate the former President, Goodluck Jonathan who Congratulated former president, Muhammadu Buhari before the result of the 2015 election was announced.
The apex court had on Thursday upheld the February 25, presidential election of President Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
A statement signed on Thursday by Ohanaeze’s Secretary-general, Mazi Okechukwu lsiguzoro, Lauded Justice John Okoro-led seven Man panel of the supreme court that affirmed Tinubu’s victory as the authentic and rightful winner of the February 25, presidential election.
The statement read in part” the momentous development marks the official end of the electoral process for the 2023 elections. Ohanaeze Ndigbo commends the Supreme Court for its diligent review of the petitions filed by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and the Labour Party candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.
“In light of this verdict, Ohanaeze Ndigbo calls upon Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi to emulate the historic gestures displayed by Former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2015. We urge them to reach out to their main political opponent in the 2023 election, President Tinubu, and extend their congratulations on his victory at the Supreme Court.
“Such an act of sportsmanship and statesmanship will not only demonstrate their commitment to the democratic process but also send a powerful message to their supporters to end any perceived acrimonious vendetta that may have arisen during the 2023 elections.
“It is a significant opportunity for them to promote unity, reconciliation, and the spirit of nation-building. Ohanaeze Ndigbo firmly believes that by extending hands of friendship and embracing their opponents, Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi can contribute to healing the perceived divisions that have emerged across political parties.
“We implore President Tinubu to reach out to Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi in the spirit of sportsmanship, offering the hand of friendship and unity. By fostering an atmosphere of inclusivity and collaboration, President Tinubu can also set a positive precedent for national cohesion and progress.
The Igbo Body also called on the diaspora chapter of National Democratic Coalition(NADECO), to halt Plans of any protest that may perpetuate division and animosity towards President Tinubu.
The organisation said it remains committed to the promotion of the welfare and interests of Ndigbo People and all Nigerians, which provides a foundation for the consolidation of our Democratic ideals.