Presidential aspirants of Igbo origin on the platform of the All Progressive Congress (APC) yesterday, rose from a meeting with a resolution to support anyone among them that clinches the party’s ticket as a consensus aspirant.
The aspirants, including Senator Rochas Okorocha, Senator Ken Nnamani, former Minister of Education (state), Emeka Nwajiuba; former Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu, and Mrs. Uju Ken-Ohanenye, met behind closed door at the Maitama home of Okorocha.
Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi, joined the meeting virtually after he had; to cut short his visit to Abuja to get relevant documents for his screening in Abakaliki. The meeting was chaired by Onu.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and read by Nnamani, the aspirants agreed to align with the decision of the party, which they said, would do the right thing and heed; the clamor for power shift to the Southeast.
In the communiqué jointly signed by the aspirants, they commended; the APC leadership and the Southeast people “for commitment to the unity of Nigeria and the inclusion of all parts of Nigeria in the governance architecture of the country.
“That we commend all Nigerians, who are committed to the Nigerian project by the wholehearted; support for the aspiration of the Southeast to produce the next Nigerian president in 2023; that in furtherance of this commitment, all aspirants here commit to; aligning with any of the Southeast aspirants that are; accepted by and chosen by other Nigerians to fly the APC flag.”
Igbo apex cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, also yesterday, urged delegates from APC and PDP to put Nigeria’s unity first by; voting Igbo presidential aspirants during their forthcoming national delegates conference.
In a statement in Abakaliki, the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, insisted that only the Nigerian president of Igbo stock in; 2023 from the seven Igbo speaking states, including Anioma in Delta and Ikwerre in Rivers, will be acceptable.
He maintained that the emergence of another Northern presidency after President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023, will spell doom and may reinforce the; secessionist campaign for Biafra’s restoration.
“We ought to have learned from the use of Boko Haram as a political spear for seizing power in 2015. Never in the history of our country has a particular region produced a; presidential candidate and National Chairman at the same time, it will be absolute insanity for PDP National Chair, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, and APC’s Senator Abdullahi Adamu to plot for Northern presidential candidates, as it will spell doom for Nigeria.