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Group pushes for 2023 Igbo presidency, additional state

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The Ndigbo Good Governance Initiative, yesterday, has canvassed emergence of an Igbo citizen as successor to President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

It also called for the creation of an additional state in the South East geopolitical zone in the spirit of fairness and justice.The group’s national president, David Ezedinma, who addressed reporters in Abuja, regretted that 50 years after the Biafra War, no person from the region has been given the opportunity to rule Nigeria.

He said every legal means possible, including consultations, negotiations and alliances, would be deployed to achieve the goal in the next political dispensation.

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Ezedinma stated: “We shall remain steadfast in this avowed mission and pursue with every zeal all that we need to do to achieve success. We shall build bridges of unity across all ethnic and religious divides, and hold the torch of love to all, who believe that capacity, performance and competence should be the greatest considerations in the quest for the kind of leader that Nigeria needs today. God willing, we shall conquer.”

Committing to the “ideals of a united Nigeria with a common destiny under God”, the organisation added that it had submitted the proposal for a new state to the relevant authorities.

It argued that that South East had been “shortchanged when issues of allocation are considered due to the shortfall in the number of states in the region.”

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