Nwobodo hinges national peace on Ndigbo presidency in 2023
I won’t contest senate seat again, says Ekweremadu
Former governor of old Anambra State, Chief Jim Nwobodo, says peace will continue to elude Nigeria until Ndigbo are given their rightful place in the scheme of things.Speaking in Enugu yesterday at his 79th birthday event, the former governor made case for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
Nwobodo said it was unjust that Igbo, one leg of the Nigerian tripod, was being relegated in the country’s power equation.He stressed that a country that failed to recognise justice and fairness would continue to lag behind in development.
“Peace will always elude Nigeria because it has decided to pay lip service to justice and fairplay in its power equation. Let the Igbo have their turn at the presidency and development will come; peace will come and you will have created room for development,” he stated.He also deplored the ongoing trial and suspension from office of Justice Walter Onnoghen, describing his ouster from office as a disgrace to the Nigerian judiciary.
Meanwhile, deputy president of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, has vowed not to seek re-election into the Red Chamber in 2023. The fifth-term senator stated that God had been kind to him to allow him address certain challenges faced by his people.
Ekweremadu, who spoke in Enugu yesterday at an event to mark his 57th birthday, recalled how he became the chairman of his age grade at age 10, served as president-general of Mpu Town Union (MTU), became pioneer elected chairman of Aninri Council, Chief of Staff of Enugu Government House, Secretary to State Government (SSG), and the first Nigerian Speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament.
He, however, noted that it had not been all rosy, as he also faced serious political challenges and persecutions.“We are assembled here today to mark the awesomeness of God in my life and to thank you all for standing by me over yet another year of trauma in my politics, including the attempt on my life and lives of my family members, the assault on my liberty, and all the evil designs of the evil people in our society against my person and politics.’
“I have been through the valleys of the shadow of death. I have been scorched and bruised for my political beliefs and determination to defend the principles of democracy and uphold justice for every segment of this nation,” he said.