- A crack seems to have occurred in the relationship between some prominent Igbo groups
- The groups are at the forefront of the quest for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023
- The groups are South East for President 2023 and Pan-Nigeria Presidency of Igbo Extraction Coalition
The South East for President 2023 (SEFORP2023) and the Pan-Nigeria Presidency of Igbo Extraction Coalition (PANDIEC) are at loggerheads.
The groups are angling over who should superintend the quest for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
PANDIEC recently declared it was the umbrella body for groups championing the cause for an Igbo president in 2023 and that other groups with similar objective had ceded leadership to it.
SEFORP2023, however, dismissed PANDIEC’s claim especially with its national coordinator, Rev. Okechukwu Obioha saying they are the authentic group to carry out the mandate.
“They are fake as to claim that SEFORP2023 has recognized them as the umbrella body of all groups championing the cede of presidential candidates of political parties to the southeast.
“Whereas PANDIEF is for Igbo presidency, SEFORP2023 is specifically asking Nigerians, political parties and all agencies of government to recognise and adopt that an election of the president of Nigeria from the southeast come 2023 is the bulwark of the continued existence of the Nigeria state in unity, peace, peace and tranquillity. Igbo presidency sounds clannish and is divisive,” he said Daily Sun.
Obioha said they had written to Afenifere, Arewa Consultative Forum, PANDEF and political parties.
He said SEFORP2023 would not be distracted in its quest and campaign to mobilize and sensitize Ndigbo and Nigerians to achieving the task.
“This is a non-partisan movement. We have no candidate or individual bankrolling our activities.
“Anything you see or observe is a selfless effort of members who believe that one united, peaceful and progressive Nigeria, is better than a fragmented one. In one united Nigeria, we stand,” he added.
Meanwhile, a former minister for transport, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, has predicted that another northerner may likely succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Babatope, who is also a member of the Peoples Democratic Party's Board of Trustees, stated that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) does not have zoning in its constitution.
In a related development, Senator Ibikunle Amosun has denied reports suggesting he has joined the 2023 presidential race.
The former governor of Ogun state was reacting to the circulation of his purported presidential posters on social media.
In a statement sent to journalists by his spokesman, Alhaji Bola Adeyemi, Senator Amosun said it belies logic that such a move would be his preoccupation at the moment, adding that anyone nursing a presidential ambition at the moment is an enemy of Nigeria.
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