The Pan-Ibo Socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, has asked Ibos not to be disenchanted with the rescheduled election and return back to their business bases due to the sudden postponement of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) few hours to the polls last Saturday, 16 February, 2019.

The President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, in a statement, appealed to Ibos to stay back wherever they had travelled to cast their votes as part of the prices to pay in course of the struggles.

Chief Nwodo argued that it is better for the Ibos to remain wherever they had travelled to for voting than to return, saying “A few days wait is better than another four years of uncertainty, hardship and slavery.

“I therefore urge all Ndigbo who relocated for the purpose of the election to remain in their places and not travel back to their stations, but wait or ensure they come back if they travel, for the Saturday, 23rd February election.”

The full text of the statement made available to OPTIMUM TIMES reads below:

PRESS RELEASE

My dear brothers and sisters, I am aware of the immense hardship the sudden postponement of the 16th February, 2019 election has brought on all of us. This I know is one of the prices we can be called upon to make for independence. After all, freedom is never secured on a platter of gold. It is a struggle. This is our struggle.

I therefore urge all Ndigbo who relocated for the purpose of the election to remain in their places and not travel back to their stations, but wait or ensure they come back if they travel, for the Saturday, 23rd February election.

A few days wait is better than another four years of uncertainty, hardship and slavery.

May the Almighty God safeguard and guide you as you labour to fulfill our collective agreement.

Chief John Nnia Nwodo
President General
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide.