Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State has warned Igbo leaders about its choice of Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate in next year’s election.
Mr Abubakar, a former Nigerian vice president was endorsed by some leaders of the region on Wednesday.
The Igbo heads, from the five South-East states, under the auspices of Mkpoko Igbo, pledged their support for Atiku / Peter Obi joint bid.
However, Mr Okorocha has advised the group to think twice about its selection of Atiku.
In a statement on Thursday, issued by Sam Onwemeodo, Okorocha’s chief press secretary, the Governor advised the leaders to apply wisdom and thread with caution ahead of 2019 election.
The statement read: “On the adoption of a presidential candidate by Igbo leaders and their playing partisan politics, my advice is that Igbo leaders should toe the path of wisdom and should not come again adopting a candidate.
“Mine is an advice that the Igbos should be careful not to play the same type of very bad politics we played in the past which most of the times, kept us in political wilderness.
“As a people, we must be wise now and never foreclose the possibility of any presidential candidate becoming the president tomorrow.”