OHANAEZE: The Devil We Know Better Than The Angel Who Lost
The apex socio-cultural organization of the Igbo people, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has congratulated Bola Tinubu on his victory in the just-concluded presidential election, according to a report by EKO HOT BLOG. However, the group has vowed to support Tinubu only until a court of competent jurisdiction says otherwise.
Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze, made this known while speaking with DAILY POST. Isiguzoro urged Tinubu to reach out to other presidential candidates in the spirit of fairness. He also lamented that the just-concluded presidential election was flawed.
“Democracy has come to stay, [and] irrespective that INEC has not lived up to its expectation and people are not happy with the outcome of this election, we don’t have any option but to congratulate APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu on his victory as the winner of the 2023 election,” said Isiguzoro.
Isiguzoro added that Ohanaeze campaigned for power to shift from the North to the South, and with the outcome of the election, there is going to be a transition of power from the North to Southern presidency, which is the position of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
“We had two candidates – Tinubu and Peter Obi – and the favourite of Nigeria was Obi; however, the devil we know is better than the angel that did not win. We are not saying Tinubu is the devil, but we are going to manage him until any court of competent jurisdiction says otherwise that the election was flawed. Ohanaeze will identify with Tinubu until any court of competent jurisdiction says otherwise,” he said.
The statement from Ohanaeze Ndigbo comes after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, as the winner of the presidential election held on Saturday. Tinubu defeated 21 other candidates to emerge victorious, securing the required number of votes to become the next President of Nigeria.
It should be noted that while some Nigerians have congratulated Tinubu on his victory, others have criticized INEC for its handling of the election.