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Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council have warned the Ebonyi State Governor David Umahi to be careful not to trade the chances of the South East in 2023 presidential election as he planned to defect to the All Progressives Congress (APC) this week.
It has been reported that Governor Umahi confirmed his defection to APC during a stakeholders meeting in his Uburu Ohaozara Local Government Area country home on Sunday.
According to report, the National President of apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC), Comrade Igboayaka O. Igboayaka while reacting to the development yesterday said that the organisation is not against Umahi joining the APC but such move should not jeopardise the chances of the Ndigbo producing next president of the country in 2023. Comrade Igboayaka Insisted that Igbo could not afford to put their eggs in one basket.
‘Ndigbo can’t put their eggs in one basket; we welcome Umahi’s threat to leave PDP if they don’t cede presidential tickets to South East.’
He however advised governors and stakeholders in APC from the East to also threaten APC to cede their presidential slot to South East. He cautioned that Nigeria democracy will be in shambles if PDP and APC fail to cede presidential ticket to south East.
‘Denying Ndigbo APC and PDP presidential tickets is the easiest way to quicken Nigeria’s break up. Nigeria will not exceed 2023 if any attempt is made to deny Ndigbo 2023 presidency. Igbo presidency is a narrow solution to Nigeria peace and unity,’ he warned.
Speaking also, the President General, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL), Goodluck Ibem noted that Nigeria’s democracy is fragile, adding that the only viable way to make it strong is supporting Igbo presidency in 2023. He warned: ‘Any Igbo man that dares to accept a running mate to any candidate from the north will be banished and declared persona non grata.’
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