By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka- THE Igbo Canadian Community Association (ICCA), comprising Igbo residents in Canada has urged the Nigerian electorate to vote massively for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku and his vice, Mr. Peter Obi.
Mr Peter Obi and PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku
In its letter of endorsement, the association said Atiku and Obi were the only hope to redeem the nation’s battered glory under what it referred to as the “unrepentant penchant for nepotism, unapologetic ethnocentrism and blatant display of sectionalism” being demonstrated by the Buhari-led All progressives Congress, APC, government.
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The endorsement letter was signed by the association’s president, Ugochukwu Okoro; chairman, Board of Trustees, Benjamin Chike Allison; Public Relations Officer, Ahaoma Kanu; and Secretary, Board of Trustees, Chris Chike Nsoedo.
The association said its position was informed by “the state of the nation and the blurred horizons and increasing despair of ordinary Nigerians who were the worst affected, expressing the hope that Atiku would re-design the country for the benefit of all.
“We see in you a bridge-builder that will bring some measure of stability, calm and trust in governance and belief in our country, which is going through a divisiveness that is as scary as it is gruesome,” the association said.
It observed that the antecedents of Atiku and Obi, including their long experience in service, leadership, entrepreneurship and statesmanship, would surely lead Nigeria from the present morass of “massive unemployment, job losses, progressive demise of industries, increased brain-drain, and a failing health sector”.
The association expressed confidence that in Atiku and Obi, Nigeria had discovered two economic surgeons that would “put her on the recovery theatre and perform procedures that will make our economy become healthy again”.