Igbo quest for president in 2023 real, not gimmick, group declares
Proponents of Igbo president of Nigeria in 2023 have described the quest, as real and not a gimmick, urging all Nigerians to support the cause, otherwise by history will not be fair to those opposing the move.
They stated this yesterday in Aba, Abia State at the Inauguration of the executives of the state chapter of the South East Nigeria Presidency Movement (SENPM).
Speaking during the event held at the Aba Recreation Club, they justified the agitation, arguing that since other regions of the country had produced the president, it would only be fair to allow the Igbo to get the presidency for equity, justice and a sense of belonging.
They urged Nigerians to support the cause and enjoined all political parties to zone their presidential candidates to the South East region in the 2023 general elections.
National Coordinator of SENPM, Japhet Anyaonwu, said if an Igbo were to be given a chance to become president, he would rebuild the country within a short time and urged all aspirants from the region to support the quest.
“For Igbo politicians to be taken seriously, they ought to be members of SENPM and identify with the group, which is not a political party controlled or directed by politicians,” he said.
Abia State Coordinator and Chairman, state chapter of SENPM, Chief Ogbonna Goodluck, said all hands should be on deck in the quest for an Igbo presidency, stressing that posterity would not be fair to those who oppose the cause.
He said as the Nigerian youths address the injustice in the country through the #EndSARS protests and end to police brutality, they should include Igbo presidency in 2023 in their demands.
Chairman of the event, Dr. Chukwuemeka Okwuonu, said: “It is because Igbo people believe in one indivisible Nigeria with equal opportunities for all that they migrate to all parts of the country, live in harmony with other Nigerians and participate in the socio-economic development of their places of residence in extension of the country.”
In his keynote address, SENPM Coordinator for South East zone, Dimgba Nduka described the South East as the pivot of glorious values, adding: “We are prominent in all spheres of life, creating values, adding meaning, not just in the country, but all over the world where human beings dwell.”
He urged the Igbo to believe in themselves, their collective aspirations, trust their strength, build their frontiers and their collective resolve to make impact in a country in which they have been sidelined.