South east stakeholders have renewed their push for an Igbo presidency in 2023, with their gathering in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state. An Igbo group has announced its intention to showcase a strong presence in all states of the federation, Abuja and in the Diaspora, to achieve this aim.
The group noted that while every other zone had produced a president, the south-east had not been given the opportunity South east stakeholders have renewed their push for an Igbo presidency in 2023, with their gathering in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state on Tuesday, June 25. The gathering, convened by a group called The Movement, was conceived soon after the 2019 general elections, to advance the quest and argument that the south-east should be allowed to have its turn at Aso Rock Villa from 2023, The Guardian reports.
Legit.ng gathers that the groups’ founders insist that part of the injustices that have gone on in the country since independence is the manner in which power has rotated, leaving a segment of the country. They insisted that power rotate among the country’s six tripods. As a show of their seriousness, the group announced its intention to showcase a strong presence in all states of the federation, Abuja and in the Diaspora, with the aim of advancing the call and enlisting the support of other Nigerians to ensure a 2023 presidency is realized by Ndigbo.
The national coordinator of The Movement, Rev Okechukwu Christopher Obioha, stated that the inability to concede political power at the centre to the south-east is part of the corruption that has gone on in Nigeria. He noted that while every other zone had produced a president, the south-east had not been given the opportunity. He said: “Prominent elements of this zone put their lives on the line to ensure that Nigeria became independent. Through these years, several south-eastern leaders have cooperated and assisted every head of government and president to reach their enviable heights. “Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe fought for independence. Dr Alex Ekwueme cofounded the G18 and later G34, which gave birth to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) among others. “In all these, even with the denials, they remained true to service. But the Nigerian state has not repaid for all these and the sound-beats from other zones about 2023 does not appear they want to support us.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that reactions trailed the news of the alleged ambition of Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to run for the presidency in 2023. One of such reactions was from the Igbo apex social cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, which kicked against the alleged ambition of the APC national leader. The deputy national publicity secretary of the group, Chuks Ibegbu, made the group’s position known in an interview with reporters in Umuahia, Abia state.
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