Youths in Owerri, Imo State, have hit the streets in protest after former lawmaker, Emeka Ihedioha labelled those who won’t vote for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, as saboteurs.
Naija News recalls that Ihedioha earlier said that the presidency would rotate to the South-East if Atiku wins the presidential election.
He also called those supporting Peter Obi and Labour Party saboteurs.
The former governor argued that there are only two strong parties contesting the 2023 election and that is the PDP and the All Progressives Congress.
However, during an appearance on Channels TV Sunrise Daily programme, Ihedioha said that his statement was misconstrued and blown out of proportion.
Apologising to the Igbo people, Ihedioha said that the word “saboteur” he used during his speech was not referred to the supporters of the LP presidential candidate but to his kinsmen whom he said were PDP members and were sabotaging the efforts of his party to reclaim power in Imo State in 2024.
Saying that he was sorry, Ihedioha added that it was not in his character to be rude, arrogant, or to use uncultured words on people whom he doesn’t share the same political beliefs with.
Despite the apology, youths under the aegis of Coalition for Peter Obi took to the street to show their displeasure with the governor insisting that he had not only insulted the supporters of the LP candidate but also the Igbo people.