Northern elders have expressed support for the Igbo presidency in 2023 and instructed the All Progressives Congress and the People’s Democratic Party to zone its presidential tickets to the southeast.
The elders say their demand follows the need for all parts of the country to be treated equally in the political affairs of the nation.
In a statement from its national coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni and National Women’s Leader, Hajia Mario Bichi, the Northern Elders Coalition for Peace and Development claimed that the Igbos have been marginalized in the political scheme of things in the country.
He, however, called on the APC and PDP to present candidates from the Southeast extraction in 2023 in order to maintain the culture of the rotating presidency between North and South, which he said has eased political tensions. in Nigeria in the past.
The group has pledged to support the Igbos and instructed other areas of the country to do the same after their long quest to produce a president.
Buhari is from the North, the good thing is that after his eight-year term the next president is expected to come from southern Nigeria and since the Southwest and South-South have occupied office in the current constituency, the southeast is the next in accordance with the spirit of the principle of rotation, equity, equity and justice. “
The elders said the move will promote national unity and end the bitterness of the civil war between Nigeria and Biafra, which has lasted 50 years since hostilities ended.
Elders in the North praised leaders in the Southeast for not taking cessation as an option despite the activities of Nnamdi Kanu, the self-proclaimed leader of the indigenous peoples of Biafra, IPOB, whom he accused of trying to destabilize the unit of Nigeria by hiding under the retarded Igbo. presidency.
“If all the major geopolitical areas of the country and in particular the major ethnic groups in the country have all been presidents, then in all fairness, justice and fairness we should look to the South East to produce the president.
“It is undeniable that the Igbos have greatly contributed to the development of this country. It is time for all of us to reciprocate their good gestures by overwhelmingly supporting the next president to emerge from the South East. The time has come, the statement added.
“We are asking for a Nigerian president from the South East. We are not asking Nigeria for an “Igbo President because that would be asking Nigeria to possibly modify the rotation arrangement based on geopolitical areas for the presidency in Nigeria”.
The elders further tasked Ohanaeze Ndigbo with reaching out to major Igbo politicians and leaders of other geopolitical areas and interest groups to support a president in the Southeast, noting that the creation of six geopolitical zones should help streamline the way the country was structured.
“Northern elders wish to stand on this zoning arrangement to take stock of the 2023 presidency which is of utmost importance to the geopolitical area of the Southeast in particular and Nigeria in general,” they said.