- Igbo leaders are reportedly negotiating with President Buhari for the 2023 presidency
- Osita Okechukwu said Buhari has more integrity profile than Alhaji Atiku, the PDP presidential candidate
- According to him, Igbos producing Nigeria’s president in 2023 will erase the long vicious of marginalization once and for all
Southeast leaders are negotiating the 2023 presidency with President Muhammadu Buhari, Osita Okechukwu, the director general of the Voice of Nigeria (VON), has stated.
According to him, Igbo leaders who visited the president recently were there to put on the front burner their quest for Nigeria president of Igbo origin in 2023.
Okechukwu who disclosed this in Ozubulu in Anambra state said they have come to a conclusion that Buhari has more integrity profile than PDP candidate Atiku Abubakar.
“They are two Fulani Muslim brothers of the same age grade. Both of them are septuagenarians. We’ve looked into both of them and we said since ethnicity and religion are not on the cards; so what next do you do evaluation for?
“We’ve looked into the character of both of them; we know that President Buhari has more integrity profile than Alhaji Atiku. And we looked into their manifestoes.
“We’re saying that Buhari’s four years is cast in constitutional stone. The Buhari I know cannot come tomorrow to say he wants to prolong his stay in office. It’s not about pledge but constitution.
“However, even when Atiku visited Enugu last week, and he was asked for a document in respect of the restructuring he is proposing, he couldn’t provide any. And Atiku’s plan is a six-year plan. So, we’re trying to be pragmatic; we’re not trying to be sentimental," he said.
According to him, by principle of political rotation, the southeast is the only geo-political zone that had not presided over Nigeria since the rotation principle started in 1999.
He said when it was the turn of the southwest, the region voted for Olusegun Obasanjo even when the Yorubas refused to vote for him and they voted for him again in 2003 even when their son was a running mate to Buhari.
“And we voted for the southsouth in 2011 and 2015; we are good brothers to our neighbours. But we are the only people who have not presided over the country. Igbos producing Nigeria’s president in 2023 will erase the long vicious of marginalization once and for all. Because if you’re saying you are marginalized, you cannot correct the in-balance by being the vice president. It’s only when you become the president of the country, you bring what you have on the table”.
“The six governors in the southwest are not with the Afenifere which Nwodo said they are aligning with while in the southeast, the five governors are not with the Ohanaeze which is claiming to have endorsed somebody,” he added.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Osita Okechukwu, on Thursday, December 27, highlighted what the people of southeast should do to have a shot at the presidency in 2023.
He said the massive support for the re-election of President Buhari during presidential election holding on February 16, 2019, is the only condition for the zone to produce president in 2023.
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