Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohaneze Ndigbo, has appealed to the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) and All Progressive Congress (APC) to establish equity, fairness and justice, by supporting Igbo presidency come 2023.
This was contained in an address speech rendered by the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, who noted that it was time for Nigeria to get a president from the Southeast region for 2023; in order to fully utilize and maximized the talent of Igbos.
In optimism, he affirmed that South-East would get the presidential ticket in 2023, that despite the security challenges in the region, there is a possibility to grab the 2023 presidency.
In response to a question on how Ohaneze Ndigbo would achieve the purpose of an Igbo president in Nigeria’s multiparty system, Obiozor said, “we have many political parties, we would appeal to them to nominate an Igbo man or Igbo woman as their presidential candidate.
“Politics is a matter of selection; we would sort out ourselves, just support us, including the press. I am soliciting the press for now, just support a president from the South-East, an Igbo man or Igbo woman”.
Nevertheless, Obiozor said that Igbo leaders had already started consultations on realization of Igbo presidency.
On Political party he said, each party should nominate an Igbo man from Southeast, citing the Bible illustration that “many are called, few are chosen”.
He, however, said the choice of presidency will be alloted by Igbos, while soliciting for maximum cooperation.
On how South-East, would speak with one voice to avoid plurality of interests and aspirants, Obiozor said, “for the Igbos (sic), having variety of opinions is not a crime. No section has only one opinion on an issue. Igbos have different opinions and they all converge on president of South-East in 2023.
He noted that Igbo are united more than other tribes, stating that since the inception of the possibility of an Igbo president, people now tag Igbo as a terrorist zone.
He also said, Igbo extraction will bring “capacity, difference, justice and equity. It is said that Nigerians do not want to use the talent of Igbos (sic)”.
Speaking on IPOB’s security outfit, Eastern Security Network (ESN); and Ebubeagu, he said they would not neglect IPOB, and they also embrace Ebubeagu, founded by SouthEast governors, since they are their children, and people, and they are all working for the security, peace, and interest of the region.
Obiozor, while calling on the press to desist from comparing Ebubeagu with any other organization working in Igbo land; he, however, urged the government to seek the root of violence and kidnappings, and eradicate it. He also noted that Igbo are not violent, not nation breakers, and not lazy to get involved in kidnappings, to get money.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News