A socio-cultural group, Igbo World Union (IWU) has denied the purported endorsement of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, for the upcoming 2019 election.
Some South-East elders, under the auspices of Mkpoko Igbo, had pledged their unwavering support for the Waziri of Adamawa.
Barely 24 hours after, popular group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, denied being part of such accord and the IWU has followed suit.
Reacting on the development at a press conference held on Saturday afternoon, in Umuahia, the Abia state capital, the President General of IWU, Mishak Nnanta, said both President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku stood the chance of winning bloc votes from the south-east zone if any of them met their demands.
He said, “Ndigbo have not decided on which direction to vote in 2019, be it the PDP or the APC presidential candidate, and no fewer individuals or stakeholders should mortgage the political future of Ndigbo as they did in 2015.
“So, the Igbo World Union as the dependable body of Ndigbo did not support the stand of our elders who gathered in Enugu on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 and unanimously endorsed Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the preferred presidential candidate of the people of the South -East in the forthcoming election.
“We distance ourselves from such stand. And we state categorically clear that Ndigbo have not endorsed any presidential candidate be it President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC or Alhaji Atiku of the PDP.
“At the right time, we shall gather and make our stand known to the whole world.”