Comrade Obinna Francis Ogwuegbu is the convener of Igbo Arise for Tinubu /Shettima 2023 said this is the time for the Igbo’s to support a true ticket. He made the statement during the inauguration of the national executive council of the body in Abuja. Excerpts:
May we know you officially?
Comrade Obinna Francis Ogwuegbu “The convener of Igbo Arise for Tinubu/Shettima 2023.
It is a national body that we just flagged off the central working committee of the organization.
It is a social/cultural body aimed at formally integrating the Igbos into national politics.
Politics of freedom, politics of justice, politics of equity, not the old story; It is a new story. We need to be part of a growing Nigeria, we need to be part of a stable Nigeria, and we need to be part of a united Nigeria. And the only people that lead us to that destination is Tinubu/Shettima.
Now that there are some people who are supporting Igbo people, what is your take on that?
It is democracy. Even Tinubu said it is democracy; but tell yourself the truth. This is the time for the Igbos to support the true Nigerian ticket, not a ticket of envy, not a ticket of sectionalism, not a ticket of old order.
But this is a ticket of service; it is a ticket of performance, a ticket of capacity, a ticket of patriotism represented by Tinubu/Shettima.
You are starting too late, how do you intend to bring like minds into this noble organization?
We are not starting late. We have been doing … carrying out activities individually. They only summoned me to come and lead this movement so that our activities, our efforts coalesce and be harnessed effectively to deliver this ticket.
We have been on since and the Honourable Minister of State, Alhaja Ramat Tijjani Aliyu has given me a matching order that this group must move immediately to deliver Tinubu/Shettima, because she is the overall leader of this group and she is the Minister of State for FCT and FCT must deliver for Tinubu/Shettima.
So we are making progress and Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, the Honourable Minister of State is actually behind this and it shows you the capacity of those who are running this project.
How have you reached the Igbo’s in Diaspora across states so that they will be part of this noble organization?
Igobs are everywhere and we are speaking to them every second .They are getting this message now. This gathering here today is unpredicted because Igbos heard that we have agreed to come to support Tinubu/Shettima and they are keying to it.
Everybody must not speak the same language but we must understand ourselves because it is time to understand that this is national ticket for the whole nation
So what do we stand to gain eventually, after Tinubu’s tenure?
This time around ,Tinubu/Shettima has assured the Igbos that they will not be left behind .They must be part of the reintegration ,the reengineering , …of Nigerians And that what Dr. Tijjini Aliyu of the FCT has been preaching is that we must all work together for the salvation ,for the unity of this country , for justice and for peace.
Your name once more?
I am Comrade Obinna Francis Ogwuegbu, Ijele Ndi Igbo.