2019: Ndigbo alleges conspiracy against southeast, lists conditions for vote negotiations

2019: Ndigbo alleges conspiracy against southeast, lists conditions for vote negotiations

- The Ndigbo in Lagos has raised alarm over alleged conspiracy to relegate the southeast region in Nigeria's political affairs

- The alarm was raised by the first president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief John Uche, on Thursday, December 27, who added that Igbos are largely excluded from national decision-making

- Uche stressed that henceforth any political party seeking votes from Igbos must do so through adequate negotiations

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has cried out over moves by some top persons at the hem of affairs to exclude it from the politics of Nigeria.

The group raised the alarm on Thursday, December 27, at the Igbo National Stakeholders Assembly (INSA) summit and prestigious awards held in Lagos, The Guardian reports.

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Chief John Uche, the convener of the occasion who is also the first resident of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the state, said now is the time for Ndigbo to make decisive efforts to ensure they are not politically relegated.

Uche stated: “Elections is fast-approaching and lots of people are jostling for political offices and making coalitions for political relevance but Ndigbo appears to be complacent about the whole issue.

“We have suffered in the last four years and we do not wish to suffer anymore. It is saddening that in a country that belongs to everyone, we are excluded from the scheme of things; there is no key appointments by the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.”

Uche maintained that any political party that seeks votes from Igbos must do so with appropriate negotiations.

He noted that part of the condition would include assent to call for restructuring of the country. Moreover, a keynote speaker at the event, James Ezike, represented by Okey Onuakalusi, regretted that has been 40 years since an Igbo man, Alex Ekwueme, attained the highest political office as a vice president of Nigeria and a further attempt by him (Ekwueme) in 1999 at the presidency which failed following alleged conspiracy.

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Ezike stressed it was time for the region to ensure it is engrafted in the political workings of the country.

Added to this, Vitus Uzoh, who spoke on behalf of the vice president, said the group is doing its utmost to educate members on the need for full participation in electoral processes.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that comments by some stakeholders in the All Progressives Congress-led federal government that Ndigbo would produce the next president of the country come 2023, had been met with pessimism from the apex Igbo body, Ohanaeze Ndigbo.

Reacting to the developments on Wednesday, December 26, the national publicity secretary of the body, Prince Uche Achi-Okpagha, stressed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration doesn’t place any premium on Igbos.

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