The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council on Tuesday warned the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar against replacing Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State as his running mate.
According to OYC, Atiku should forget their votes if he decides to replace Okowa with the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike.
The group which noted that it was the turn of the South-East to produce the next president said the selection of Okowa is consolation for them.
OYC further stated that it is against the selection of Wike as Atiku’s running mate because he disowned Ndigbo.
The apex Igbo organisation gave this warning in a statement signed by the group’s President-General, Okwu Nnabuike and the Secretary-General, Obinna Achuonye.
The statement reads, “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.”