The Igbo apex sociocultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo has berated Raymond Dokpesi over comments that no candidate from the South East or even from the South in general can win the 2023 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Dokpesi was quoted to have said among other things that, “The South East cannot win the election for the PDP.
“That is just the truth of the matter. I don’t beat around the bush; I treat issues as they are and as I understand them.
“There is no candidate from the South East, even I dare say there is no candidate from the South that you put in the North today that will be able to win. It is going to be a humongous challenge”.
Describing Dokpesi’s assertions “as a mundane distraction,” Ohaneze in a statement on Tuesday added that such views “coming from a man who is held in a high esteem at various quarters, it becomes very imperative to save the gullible public from the Dokpesi shibboleth.”
Ohaneze said that Dokpesi had benefitted from the North and “one can easily understand the psychological ambivalence in the Dokpesi persona.”
“On the other hand, there is no reason for the condescension and disdain he handed over to the entire South,” Ohaneze added.
Ohaneze expressed shock that Dokpesi who was a strong supporter of a president from South East in 2023 had suddenly changed his tone.
According to Ohaneze, Dokpesi had said that “If we are the Nigerians I want us to be, if we believe in the unity of Nigeria and we also believe in equity, justice, and fairness, there is no reason we should not give it to the South East if the slot is given to the South.”
“whoever emerges as the president of Nigeria would have to compensate the people of the South East if truly we want the emergence of the new Nigeria.”
Ohaneze added that “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide is dismayed that Dokpesi could demonstrate this type of duplicity in a matter that is so clearly defined.
“Dokpesi’s assumptions are unreflective, weird and unworthy. Any person who loves Nigeria should be an advocate of power rotation especially between the North and the South.
“And those our sons and daughters who lay claim to leadership should not, under any guise, give the impression that the South is a lame-duck, an electoral liability; and therefore must depend on the North to define the political trajectory of Nigeria.”