Ohanaeze Ndigbo has dismissed reports that it has adopted former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as its candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
This followed the endorsement of the Presidential flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Enugu during the gathering of Igbo leaders on Wednesday.
In a statement on Friday by its spokesperson, Chuks Ibegbu, the group said it was yet to meet and decide who to support in the forthcoming presidential election.
The statement reads, “Ohanaeze Ndigbo has not yet adopted any Presidential candidate as some media houses recently reported.
“The visit of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar to some Igbo leaders in Enugu was not facilitated by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, though the President General and some chieftains of Ohanaeze Ndigbo were present.
“It was a town hall meeting organised by some friends and associates of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, his Vice Presidential candidate, and Ohanaeze leadership was invited.
“Of course, Ohanaeze Ndigbo is non-partisan but we cannot shirk our responsibility to ensure that the right people are in power for the benefit of Ndigbo and all Nigerians.
“We are elated, however, by the promise of Atku Abubakar to restructure Nigeria and address the visible marginalisation of Ndigbo in Nigeria.”