Chuks Ibegbu, a former National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has disclosed what will happen if the southeast fails to produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
Ibegbu said the southeast will resort to its options if the region fails to produce the country’s president in 2023.
Speaking with DAILY POST, Ibegbu said the southeast has what he termed options “A, B and C” which will be resorted to if the southeast fails to produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
The former deputy spokesman of Ohanaeze urged political stakeholders to come together and opt for a southeast president.
According to Ibegbu: “I’m not God to know what will happen the next minute, but it will be the height of the ingratitude of the Nigerian state to allow such to happen. It’s just like June 12; when it happened the Yorubas wanted to secede from Nigeria, but Nigerians refused and brought the two Olus – Olusegun Obasanjo and Olu Falaye, and the nation was pacified. When Obasanjo was in prison, Ekwueme formed the PDP but they denied him the presidency to satisfy the Yorubas. This was why everywhere calmed down; otherwise, the Yorubas had already left the country.
“Now, Nnamdi Kanu and others are saying we are not happy with the way the Nigerian nation has treated us over the years. I think it will be the best option for Nigeria to give the Southeast the Presidency in 2023, just like we listened to the Yorubas after the June 12, we listened to Boko Haram, militants, and bandits in the North, and gave Buhari president; and we listened to Niger Delta militants and gave Goodluck Jonathan president. So, why won’t it happen for the Southeast? Why won’t it happen for the agitators; even though the agitators are saying they want to secede, but in the real sense of it what they are calling for is equity and justice.
“Now, if the Nigerian state refuses to listen to all these clamours and go ahead to rob the Igbos of political justice and equity then we will opt for our options. We have options A, B, and C. But I will not tell you these options now; but of course, the whole world would have heard that the Southeast is not wanted in Nigeria, because we can’t be in a Nigeria where our children can’t aspire to be president, they contribute to the economy of the country can’t rule, yet you want them to stay. Stay under what condition?
“We have to define what Nigerians want from the Igbos again, if Okonkwo can’t be in Aso Rock, is it only Yar’Adua or Obasanjo that can be in Aso Rock? So Chukwuma can’t be in Aso Rock? Is it fair for Chukwuma not to be in Aso Rock? Why then do you want him in the country? If you don’t want Chukwuma to be Mr President but want him to be a drawer of wood and fetcher of water, is it proper?
“The whole world is listening to us now, you see; in America, the blacks were robbed of their dignity until Obama became president. Today you can’t say the blacks have not ruled America.
“What is wrong if Nigerian stakeholders come together and decide to give the Southeast the presidency, what is eight years in the life of a country? Even though it’s not written in the constitution that there must be zoning, but they should give us.
“Just like the Yorubas tried to secede but they said no and compensated them with Obasanjo who didn’t win an election in his ward, why is it difficult to do for the Igbos?”
Fayemi, Fayose, Badaru, Emmanuel meet in Ekiti
Ekiti Governor, Kayode Fayemi and his predecessor, Ayo Fayose met at the state capital, Ado Ekiti, on Thursday.
Others were Governors of Jigawa, Mohammed Abubakar; and Akwa Ibom, Emmanuel Udom.
Fayose and Emmanuel are Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members; Fayemi and Abubakar are of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Photos of their meeting are being interpreted differently on social media.
In a Facebook post, Fayose explained that he was at the Government House to see off Emmanuel, who superintended over the PDP primary election.
He said Fayemi and Badaru, APC Electoral Panel Chairman for Ekiti primary election, “saw us to the Helipad where Gov Emmanuel’s helicopter departed.”
“These clarifications become necessary before the “political analysts” start their commentations.”
The PDP exercise produced Bisi Kolawole as the party’s governorship candidate for the June 18 poll.
2023: Igbos are ready, better prepared for presidency – Ohanaeze President, Obiozor
President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Socio-cultural organization, George Obiozor, has insisted that the Igbos are ready and better prepared to produce Nigeria’s next President in 2023.
Obiozor said the Southwest, South-South, and the North have all produced Nigeria’s presidents and Vice Presidents since 1999, with only the Igbos left out.
In a statement, the Ohanaeze President General said Igbos have over the years fully supported other regions that produced the country’s leadership in the past.
He said, “Let it be known and clearly understood that Ndigbo were more prepared than the North when President Buhari was elected in 2015. By then Boko Haram had threatened to overrun the North and the country, and the nation’s priority then was security and the issue of who will guarantee security to the country favoured Buhari, a former Head of State, a General. The only preparation in the North was having available a man like Buhari presumed to have the capacity to confront the security challenges in the North and the rest of the country.
“In the South West, how prepared were they in 1999 when President Obasanjo was elected? In fact, many people from the South-West did not vote for him in that election. The people of the South-West zone were deep in the crises of NADECO and displeasure over the June 12, 1993 election annulment. That, notwithstanding, the Nigerian nation and the people through the two main national political parties zoned the Presidency to the South West to heal and reconcile the nation over the post-1993 election crisis.
“Today, if the truth must be told, the imperative of zoning the presidency to the South East is an idea whose time has come. Certainly, Ndigbo are prepared and look forward to it as a national priority. It is also indeed reasonable and logical that before any other zone in the country goes for a second turn of occupying the office of the presidency that Ndigbo should at least have their first turn.”
2023: Ohanaeze rejects Atiku’s single term proposal, vice presidential slot
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has rejected former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s proposed single four years tenure if elected as president in 2023.
The apex Igbo social-cultural group described Atiku’s proposal as a hoax.
Recall that Raymond Dokpesi, an ally of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential aspirant, had said the former Vice President would govern Nigeria for a single term, if elected as president.
Dokpesi vowed to go naked if Atiku fails to hand over to the Igbos after his tenure.
Reacting, Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the remark was a collective disrespect to people of the southeast.
Isiguzoro also declared that Igbos will reject the vice-presidential slot, stressing that the region should be allowed to produce a president in 2023.
In a statement he signed and forwarded to DAILY POST, Isiguzoro recounted how Atiku rejected a single term offer from Igbo elders in 2019.
He said: “Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide has declared openly that attempts to trick and entice the southeast with attractive offers from the ally of former Vice President and 2019 PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Raymond Dokpesi to get southeast’s support for his principal (Atiku) in 2023 are hoaxes and collective disrespect on the sensibility of the people of southeast, no amount of enticing promises will make southeast to swap their right to 2023 presidency to anyone.
“Atiku Abubakar’s refusal to adhere to a written request from Igbo elders for a Mandela option of a single tenure in 2019 will continue to haunt his 2023 presidential ambitions, instead, he replied to Igbo leaders in 2019 with his then six years economic blueprint for Nigeria (2020-2026) which was a clear understanding of having the ambition of a two-term as president if elected.
“This evidence is now contradictory to the recent request from Atiku’s ally for southeast’s support, as no force can thwart the 2023 Igbo Presidency Project with vice presidential offer to the southeast, which is not feasible, as there will be a power shift from the North to the East in 2023.”
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