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Nigerian billionaire and former political figure, Ned Nwoko, has put out a statement that the Igbos in Nigeria are a very selfish set of people and therefore, they are not ready for the 2023 presidency.
According to his statement, he reiterated that although the Igbos have been clamouring for the presidential seat, the votes from delegates during primaries had proved otherwise.
He had also made note of the fact that Igbos were very selfish and would rather think of themselves than others, the reason he believes most delegates chose other candidates from other tribes not Igbos.
Speaking with BBC Igbo, Nwoko said, “Igbos are not ready for the presidency . It is not just enough to talk about it, we are not ready and I’m talking about the political class and the voters. If the people are ready for Igbo presidency that would have been shown by the result from delegates.
“Very few delegates from the East supported Igbo candidates, they supported somebody else for other reasons. Ask Imo delegates why they chose another person as opposed to Umahi.
“Igbos are largely very selfish, the typical Igbo man is thinking about himself and not the well-being of others. If they were, they would stick with an Igbo person. I think the best person from Nigeria should come from anywhere. I’ve never subscribed to zoning and believe in merit.”
Nwoko, however, concluded saying that he’s not keen on zoning, adding that “it’s the least of our problems in Nigeria.”
In another report, the former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has reiterated his earlier announcement that the Southeastern region will not be voting for Peter Obi in the forthcoming Presidential election in 2023.
Ike Ekweremadu had made this statement in a short interview with newsmen making the rounds on social media.
The former Deputy Senate President acknowledged that Obi is a credible presidential candidate but the South East will rather vote for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, than throw its votes for Obi.
“I can assure you that the South East will vote for PDP, we ask ourselves if Obi wins the election and the answer is no.
“Can the East afford to throw away our votes and be sentimental about a matter that concerns our people, our children and future? No.
“We don’t intend to do a thing that we will regret in the future but we believe that Obi is qualified.”