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Group tasks Buhari on electoral reforms, moves for South-East president in 2023

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The Chancellor, Nigeria Presidential Project 2023 (NPP 2023), Dr. Walter Obiorah Orji, has tasked President Muhammadu Buhari on electoral reforms with a view to guiding against malpractices for the country to henceforth have free and fair elections.

Orji spoke at the inauguration of the Co-ordinating Executive Committee of NPP 2023, Lagos Chapter, in Lagos, at the weekend.

He said it was high time Nigeria jettisoned the idea of politicians getting elected into offices through godfathers and sponsors.

He further said that the idea of doing things anyhow would not portray a good legacy for the future generation, adding that if Buhari could change the status quo, he would not only write his name in gold but leave his foot in the sands of time.

Orji, who described NPP 2023 as a political advocacy group, said: “We are calling on all political parties to commence the necessary internal restructuring to create the enabling disposition for zoning their national chairmen to the northern part of Nigeria.

He urged southeasterners interested in contesting for the office of the president to commence needful consultations aimed at actualising their ambition.

He also tasked Buhari to start nurturing prospective candidate that may succeed him and distance himself from the failure that is conspicuous in leadership style in Africa to nurture and prepare one’s successor.

He disclosed that Southeasterners have always been in the forefront when it comes to advocacy and development of one united Nigeria, as he recalled the role Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe played in the forming of new Nigeria who insisted that the Northern Protectorate should be waited for.

Orji commended Buhari on the tremendous progress made by his administration in the areas of Agriculture,
Transport and Power which he said would have very far-reaching impact on the industrialization and commercial development of the country.

He expressed NPP 2023 full support for the total removal of all subsidies as well as enthronement of the free-market economy while he called on Nigerians to go the way of peace through the ballot box as opposed to embarking on any undemocratic means against the opposition.

The Chairman, NPP 2023 Lagos State Chapter, Ikechukwu Okochi described the event as a turning point in the quest for Ndigbo, not just to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria come 2023, but also for Ndigbo to be fully recognized and be freely integrated into Nigeria as he called for Nigerians irrespective of their political inclination, creed, religious beliefs or ethnicity to come together in unison and work for the enthronement of a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023.

He reiterated that NPP 2023 is not a political party but a voice of the people of the Southeast and Nigeria at large, calling for the restoration of true unity, oneness, equity, justice, stability, good governance, and development in Nigeria.


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