Igbo Socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo have stated that the plan by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to deny the South East from the Presidential ticket for 2023 will fail.
To add to it, the group also said that no South Easterner should accept a Vice Presidential role instead. The statement was made by the President General of the group, Prof. George Obiozor.
The group decried the double-dealing by both political parties over zoning and rotation. Adding that it was a conspiracy to deprive the South East of the right to produce a President.
“The clamour for an Igbo to be elected as a President of Nigeria is morally and historically justifiable. It is a project every Igbo must commit himself or herself to.
“To this end, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has made contacts with several Nigerian leaders with respect to the right of the South East to produce a President for the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“All the double-dealings about zoning and rotation of power is an orchestrated conspiracy to deprive the South East of the right to produce a president.
“I want to assure all of you that as hard as they may try, they will surely fail. Ours is a right and a just cause.
“I wish to use this opportunity to encourage all the Presidential aspirants from the South East to remain focused, tenacious and optimistic.
“In fact, we are fully committed to the resolution by the Southern and Middle Belt Leadership Forum, SMBLF, that no Southerner, in fact, a South Easterner for that matter, should denigrate himself or herself with the position of a Vice President.
“The Political Action Committee (PAC) of Ohanaeze Ndigbo will still meet several eminent Nigerians to persuade them to appreciate the need for a South easterner to be elected a president of Nigeria”.