Buhari’s superficial Igbo appeasement (2)


By Ochereome Nnanna

LAST Thursday, I explained why the Igbo electorate did not vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015. In truth, they never voted for him, even when he chose Dr. Chuba Okadigbo in 2003 and Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke in 2007 as his running mates. Why?

The simple reason was that the Igbo people had strongly identified with the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, a party that their political leaders, notably Dr. Alex Ekwueme, created. He had pioneered the formation of the PDP all the way from 1996 when the Abacha Conference closed, to 1998 when his run for president was scuttled by the military and Northern leaders who brought General Olusegun Obasanjo from jail and sponsored him for the presidency.

President Buhari

Last Thursday, I had observed that the Igbo had altogether exempted themselves from running for president or vice-president in order to give full support…

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