The apex Igbo socio-cultural Organisation, says they will only support any political party that cedes the 2023 presidential slot to the zone
The group further says any person or party planning to give Ndigbo the Vice-presidential position in 2023 should forget it.
The President of Ohanaeze in Anambra State and a member of the National caucus of the group, Chief Damian Okeke -Ogene, said on Tuesday in Awka that it was still premature to discuss 2023 at this point in time as it was still a long way to go.
He said even those who were nursing the presidential ambition had not been able to come out to declare their interest, adding that, any Igbo that got the ticket from any of the political parties would automatically be the ideal Igbo candidate.
Okeke -Ogene said no political party had really come out to cede the presidential slot to any of the zones in the country, adding that Ndigbo would make an official statement on the issue after the party primaries by the parties in due course.
Also, the Southeast youth leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ambassador Arthur Obiora, has described as treacherous the statement credited to Senator Walid Jibrin, the Board of Trustees BoT Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party PDP that Southeast has not officially requested that presidential slot be ceded to them.
According to the Ohanaeze leader, “It is treacherous and heavy betrayal for a party that the Southeast has given about 80% support since 1999 to turn around and ask them to come cap in hand and beg for its Presidential ticket, let it be known that we are bigger than that.
“PDP is not being sincere to themselves and can no longer be trusted by the Igbos. We stand on natural justice, equity, and fairness. In this country, there is an unsigned policy that power should rotate between the South and the North.
“After PMB’s tenure, it is natural that power should return to the South and in the South, all other zones had enjoyed the presidency except the Southeast which is predominantly Igbo,” Obiora said.
Credit: The Guardian