The Youth Wing of the Igbo social-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, on Saturday, November 21, ruled out the chances of former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha; representing the Igbo as their presidential candidate in 2023.
According to Ohanaeze, Okorocha is unfit to rule the country.
This was contained in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the Igbo youth group, Osmond Nkeoma in Owerri.
According to him, the former governor did not record any achievement while in office as a governor to justify his rating; or adoption as aspirant or candidate by Ohanaeze.
“Okorocha’s eight years tenure is a monumental waste to the people of Imo; we can not afford to waste that as a nation; he is not fit to be the president of Igbo extraction. Let Okorocha open the flyovers that he built for people to pass. Let him rebuild the China roads that he built; then we can start talking from there,” Nkeoma said.
However, the Igbo youth group recommended the former governor of Anambra State as well as Vice Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP) Peter Obi; and World Trade Organisation (WTO) candidate, Okonjo-Iweala as good representatives from the southeast to vie for the position.
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze youth body has rejected any move by the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike on his alleged presidential ambition; describing his purported interest as a distraction to Ndigbo.
“We can not support Wike this time; whether he is contesting or not. We see his rumoured intention as a distraction. He said he is from Niger Delta, so that should not concern us; what we are doing is in the best interest of Ndigbo,” Nkeoma said.
Meanwhile, the former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, on Friday, November 20, revealed he would not join other politicians in criticising the National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
Fayose, a key member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), described Tinubu as one of the greatest builders of men in Nigeria.
The ex-governor made this assertion during an interactive session with journalists; as part of the events marking his 60th birthday in Ado Ekiti.
He also said: “I am not championing the course of Tinubu; I am not in the position to do that. But there is no denying the fact that Tinubu is a prominent Yoruba leader; both in APC or PDP. There is no denying the fact. Fayose is a prominent son of the Yoruba nation. Governors Nyesom Wike, Ifeanyi Okowa, and Okezie Ikpeazu are prominent sons of southern Nigeria.