The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide, OYC, has warned the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to forget votes from South East if he drops Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as his running mate.
This is coming in the midst of speculations that Atiku is facing heavy pressure from governors to drop the Delta State governor.
The speculations also suggest that the PDP governors are calling for Okowa to be replaced with his Rivers State counterpart, Nyesom Wike.
In a statement on Tuesday and signed by its National President, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike and the Secretary, Comrade Obinna Achionye, the OYC said any attempt to replace Okowa would backfire.
“There is no need to repeat that we expected both the PDP and the APC to zone their presidential tickets to the South-East, but that did not happen.
“Though this has been overtaken by events, the only consolation we have is the choice of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa as running mate to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, considering that Okowa is a true Igbo son.
“Having said this, how could anyone wake up and think of replacing Okowa with Wike? As much as we know that Atiku reserves the right to choose whoever he wills as his running mate, we also have the right to vote according to our desire.
“And that desire is clear- that the PDP would not get one vote from Igbo land should they field Wike, because this is a man who disowned Ndigbo. He said he is not one of us and this is payback time, we also do not know him. Should the PDP make the mistake of pairing him with Atiku, the PDP will be roundly rejected during the presidential election,” the Ohanaeze youths warned.
“With the new Electoral Act, those who constituted themselves into emperors are going to be disgraced during the polls. The time for bogus fake results is over, so nobody should be deceived,” the statement added.