The leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide has told Peesident Muhammadu Buhari that the South East will not accept any presidential candidate from northern region of the country ahead of the All Progressives Congress primary slated for June 6, 7 and 8.The group said it would be grateful to the president if he anointed any of the APC presidential aspirants of Igbo extraction.
The apex social cultural group also warned that APC would lose the 2023 presidential election, if another northern aspirant emerges flagbearer of the party.Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, made this known in a statement issued on Thursday and made available to our correspondent in Abakiliki.He said, “We have seen the second Niger Bridge which is 90 per cent near completion and we are very grateful to President Muhammadu Buhari for that but we the Igbo nation will forever remain indebted to Mr. President if he endorses a southerner from Igbo block to succeed him in 2023 in office.“Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide therefore appeals to the APC and the leader of the ruling party, President Muhammadu Buhari to choose peace, unity, and harmony above all other primordial considerations as the choice of an Igbo from southeast or Ikwerre in Rivers State, that is the best vaccine to heal and unify Nigeria.
“But the imposition of another northern presidency in 2023 as done by PDP will not be welcome not only by the Igbos but 70 percent of other Nigerians including the North.
“So, an Igbo presidential candidate under APC, would douse the rising secessionist campaign of the indigenous People of Biafra as nothing is more important than unifying the country with an Igbo as Buhari’s successor.”
Isiguzoro insisted that it was disingenuous to abandon the principle of rotation of power in Nigeria that has not outgrown the Quota System and Federal Character.He further reminded the president that the four presidential aspirants from igbo’s extraction have the energy, experience which can engender hope, promote national unity, enforce security and create widespread prosperity, if any of them is given the opportunity to lead the nation.
Governor, David Umahi of Ebonyi State, a former Minister of Science and Technology, Dr.Ogbonnaya Onu, a former governor of Imo State, Chief Rochas Okorocha, Sen. Ken Nnamani and a former Minister for Transportation, Chief Rotimi Amaechi, were among the APC presidential aspirants of Igbo extraction.