The Igbo Canadian Community Association (ICCA), comprising all Igbo people resident in Canada, has urged the Nigerian electorate to vote for Abubakar Atiku and Peter Obi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the February 16 polls.
The association made the call in its letter of endorsement of the PDP candidates signed by its president, Ugochukwu Okoro; Chairman, Board of Trustees, Benjamin Chike Allison; PRO, Ahaoma Kanu; and Secretary, Board of Trustees, Chris Chike Nsoedo.
It described Messrs Abubakar and Obi as “the only hope to redeem the nation’s glory, which had been battered severely under unrepentant penchant for nepotism, unapologetic ethnocentrism and blatant display of sectionalism as demonstrated by the Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government.”
The ICCA expressed its trust in Abubakar to redesign the country for the benefit of all.
In their letter, the association said to the PDP flag-bearer: “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 group observed that the antecedents of Abubakar and Obi, including their long experience in service, leadership, entrepreneurship and statesmanship, would lead Nigeria away from the present morass of “massive unemployment, job losses, progressive demise of industries, increased brain-drain, and a failing health sector.”