- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has denied appointing General Yakubu Gowon (retd) to negotiate Igbo presidency on its behalf
- The apex Igbo socio-cultural organization expressed concerns over comments that Gowon was appointed by the group
- Ohanaeze went on to warn people against using the name of the organization
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As the conversations around the 2023 presidency continue, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, has denied claims that Nigeria's former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), was appointed to negotiate Igbo presidency on its behalf.
Chuks Ibegbu, spokesman of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement expressed shock over comments that Gowon was appointed by the apex Igbo socio-cultural organization to lead the negotiation for Nigeria presidency of Igbo extraction in 2023.
The group went on to warn people who make statements using the name of the organization to stop doing such or they will be prosecuted for impersonation.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo also noted that it had not made any move yet and if such is to be done, appropriate organs of the organization will notify Nigerians.
“Besides, the youth wing of Ohanaeze Ndigbo is led by Arthur Obiora from Anambra State and not anyone else,” it said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Oba Maduabuchi, stated that the southeast is not ready for the 2023 presidency. The respected Igbo lawyer said this during an interview with the Daily Sun newspaper.
He said the basic principle with respect to politics is that power is never given, but power is taken.
His words: “The first thing you will ask yourself, is how is the southeast strategizing? How are the Igbo strategizing in order to take power from the north or the west and make it an Igbo presidency in 2023?"
In a related development, Prof Aloysius-Michael Okolie, the national president of the Nigerian Political Science Association (NPSA), has ruled out the chances of an Igbo man emerging as Nigerian president in 2023.
Speaking in Nsukka on Saturday, January 25, the professor of political science explained that the chances of an Igbo presidency in 2023 were highly unlikely due to the political structure of Nigeria which is against people of the southeast.
He stated that people from the southeast zone were no longer genuinely interested in the presidency.
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