Indigenes of Imo State have hailed the Supreme Court for removing Emeka Ihedioha as governor of the state.
Ihedioha was seen in a viral video saying that any Igbo who does not vote the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP presidential candidate in the 2023 election, Atiku Abubakar is a saboteur.
Ihedioha who spoke at a meeting of Ndigbo in Ghana said that only two political parties exist, playing down the impact of the Labour Party and its presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi. He said that any Igbo man who does not vote for Atiku Abubakar is a saboteur as presidency will be zone to the South East after Atiku’s tenure.
The video caused uproar on social media platforms with indigenes of the state and others hailing the Apex court for its 2020 decision to remove the former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives as governor and installing Hope Uzodimma.
Following the backclash, Ihedioha denied calling Igbos who are supporting Peter Obi Saboteurs.
While addressing Newsmen yesterday at Akanu Ibiam International Airport Enugu, Ihedioha stated that the reports was the handiwork of mischief makers who use every opportunity to tarnish his soaring image.
“In my speech, I made mention of two political parties, PDP and the APC, I said that the presidential candidate of my party the PDP, stands a better chance to win the presidential elections. Nigerians have suffered a lot of evil from the APC administration and anybody supporting the APC to return to power is a saboteur to the progress of Nigeria” Ihedioha said.
He continued.. “Anybody who said I called those supporting Peter Obi saboteurs should produce the video clip. Peter Obi is my good friend for over two decades now, despite our current political differences, I am happy for what he’s doing because he has raised the odds for Ndi-Igbo, his aspirations have proven that indeed, Igbos are not second class citizens in Nigeria, even though I had wished he remained with us in PDP which is a mainstream party that has presence in every pulling unit across Nigeria, but I wish him well.”
“I am a pan-Igbo, nobody loves the Igbos more than I do. When I was the Governor of Imo State, you would recall that I revived the Ahiajuko Lecture Series which united the entire Igbos to collectively chart a cause for our interest in the Nigerian State. There is no way I could have called my brothers who desire good governance saboteurs”.. he said.