South East prepared to succeed Buhari, Ohanaeze replies Ogunlewe
Ohanaeze Ndigbo has replied the former Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe, that the South East geo-political zone is prepared to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Ogunlewe reportedly said that the South East was not united and unprepared to succeed Buhari in 2023.
The pan-Igbo apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation noted that the comment was part of calculated attempts to divert attention of the South East towards the project.
Secretary-General of the Chidi Ibeh-led faction of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, stated in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, that Ogunlewe’s assertion was a crooked and provocative onslaught against Ndigbo intertwined with fallacies and falsehoods, which Ndigbo would resist.
According to Isiguzoro, the ex-minister would have been ignored, if not for the love of setting the records straight, as 2023 is not about the South East, but the repair of a country sinking deep into the abyss of disintegration and insecurity.
The statement reads: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide had dismissed the position of Ogunlewe that ‘South East is not united for 2023, and not prepared to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023’.
“Ordinarily, we would have ignored the man suffering from mouth diarrhoea, but we call on Nigerians to ignore him. Contrary to Ogunlewe’s claims, Igbo are united in the pursuit of the 2023 Presidency. For the first time since the return of democracy in 1999, a lot of consultative meetings and backstage activities are ongoing to convince Nigerians of the need for the 2023 Igbo Presidency Project.”
Igbo leadership, Isiguzoro disclosed, “is at the forefront of this noble project, and Igbo presidential hopefuls are putting finishing touches on 2023. Surely, we hope Ogunlewe will jump the ship immediately the Igbo succeed Buhari in 2023. Nigerians are yearning for an Igbo in Aso Rock by 2023.”
According to him, the survival of Nigeria beyond 2023 lies in the fact that every section of the country had tasted the Presidency except the Igbo, and attempts by enemies to coerce and intimidate Nigerian President of Igbo extraction is the quickest route to disintegration and an unending secessionist agitations in Nigeria.
“We are clamouring for Igbo Presidency, not South East Presidency; whether an Igbo from Niger Delta or Benue or Kogi or South East emerges in any major political party, we will identify with him and support him,” he said, adding that Ogunlewe did not speak for the Yoruba.