Igboeli Arinze, Abuja-
As preparations for the 2023 elections begin in earnest amidst the clamour for zoning, it seems that the Pan Igbo body, Ohanaeze NdiIgbo is not leaving any stone unturned in its desire to ensure that a President of Igbo extraction emerges in 2023.
Speaking to Channels TV’s flagship political programme, Politics Today, the President General of Ohanaeze NdiIgbo, Professor George Obiozor highlighted that the clamour for Igbo Presidency was indeed important in order to heal the nation and give all parts of the country a sense of belonging as well as rekindle the nationalism spirit in Nigeria.
Obiozor, stated that the SouthEast region was ready to field quality presidential aspirants that are indeed competent with evidence on their past achievements and what they will do if given the nod by Nigerians. He urged for the maintenance of the zoning arrangement which has existed since the country’s return to democracy between the North and the South.
“We in Ohanaeze urge all Nigerians to respect the rotational law in our history between the North and South which created the political balance and has held the country together.
By history, logic the Igbo Presidency is justified, since all zones have had shots at the presidency with the exception of the SouthEast region. We are thus calling on Nigerians to give the SouthEast region a chance.”
Obiozor, also faulted the allegations that the SouthEast region had never been united in its quest for political power stating that in the history of presidential politics, no zone had ever been united behind one candidate, dismissing such allegation as a gimmick deployed by those opposed to the Igbo Presidency. He however reiterated the zone’s willingness to negotiate with other regions for the slot, stating that it was obvious that no region could land the presidency by staying in one place.