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Why Southwest must jettison 2023 Presidency, by Ohanaeze

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Apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, asked the Southwest not to contest the Presidency in the 2023 general elections.

It argued that the region should sit back after producing former President Olusegun Obasanjo and current Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.

In a statement in Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, the Secretary General of the Chidi Ibeh-led faction, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said that given the positions held by both men, the region lacks moral standing to aspire for President in 2023.

He insisted that with former President Goodluck Jonathan having filled the slot for the South South, the Southeast is automatically the most favoured to occupy the office of next President.

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He said the Igbo would resist any attempt at using the activities of Biafra agitators to blackmail the Southeast. He noted that the activities of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) didn’t stop Obasanjo from becoming President, neither did the activities of Niger Delta militants halt Jonathan’s ambition nor Boko Haram prevent Muhammadu Buhari from becoming the current President.

He also urged Igbo hopefuls to reach out to all political parties and geopolitical zones.

The statement reads in part: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide proclaims that after President Muhammadu Buhari’s Presidency in 2023, Southwestern Nigeria lacks the moral and ethical standards to aspire for the 2023 Presidency after spending eight years as President (1999-2003) and as Vice President (2015-2023). Undoubtedly, Igbo are favoured by all standards to occupy the exalted office as Nigerian President in 2023.

“Attempts to blackmail Igbo with activities of Biafra agitators will resurrect rhetorical questions about ethnic militia activities in the past. Did OPC activities stop Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s emergence in 1999? Did Niger Delta militants stop Dr. Goodluck Jonathan’s Presidency in 2011? Did Boko Haram and bandits stop General Muhammadu Buhari in 2015?

“The rise of self-determination in the old Eastern region shows that only an Igbo Presidency in 2023 will assuage the burning flames of Biafra agitation and put Nigeria back on track for greater heights.”

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