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President- General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prof. George Obiozor, has declared that the southeast region would produce a candidate to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
This is coming even as more leaders across various geopolitical zones continue to drum support for a Nigerian president of South-East extraction.
Addressing newsmen in Abuja, yesterday, Obiozor said Igbo leaders were already reaching out to political actors from other parts of the country to achieve the aspiration. He said Nigerians would overwhelmingly support a president from the South East as it was the turn of the region.
He said ongoing nationwide consultation embarked upon by Ohanaeze was already generating results and referred to Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark’s recent remarks that the South-East should produce the president in 2023 as evidence. Clark, a former federal commissioner for information, had said it was in the interest of fairness and justice for President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor to come from the South East.
Obiozor, however, urged the region to put its house in order to actualize that dream.
‘We have been consulting and the result of our consultation is producing results. A leader from the South-South, Edwin Clark has come out to say that the South-East should produce the next president in 2023. That means we are working and consulting. We are calling on all major political parties to zone the presidency to the South East. That’s the right thing to do. Anywhere in Nigeria or across the world, you must find an Igbo man. It means we are the only tribe supporting one Nigeria.
“People always say that Igbo don’t speak with one voice. The Igbo man or woman can’t speak with one voice, we accommodate everyone. It is the duty of the leaders to articulate these various voices and ensure that we present a common position. That is what we will do in 2023.’ He concluded.
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