- Ohanaeze Ndigbo says it is committed to ensuring that an Igbo president succeeds Buhari in 2023
- Mazi Chuks Ibegbu, a spokesperson for the group made the statement in Enugu
- Ibegbu asked political parties to zone their 2023 presidential tickets to the southeast
An Igbo socio-cultural organisation, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has disclosed that it is still committed to ensuring that an Igbo president succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The organization explained that the quest for the southeast zone to produce the next president was in the spirit of equity, justice and fair play, Guardian reports.
Mazi Chuks Ibegbu, the deputy national publicity secretary of Ohanaeze on Monday, May 18, in Enugu pleaded with political parties in the country to zone their presidential ticket to the southeast zone.
On the possible candidates, the spokesman said stakeholders of Igboland and Nigerians will decide on the Igbo candidate they want to become president at the appropriate time.
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, 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.
In another report, a human rights lawyer and former Nigerian Bar Association chairman, Chief Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has kicked against the zoning of the presidency.
According to him, Nigeria needs a president who is passionate about the country and has the type of passion Late Colonel Odimegwu Ojukwu had for Biafra.
Ojukwu was a Nigerian military officer and politician who served as the military governor of the Eastern Region of Nigeria in 1966 and the leader of the breakaway Republic of Biafra from 1967 to 1970.
In an interview with Daily Sun, Agbakoba stressed the need for the devolution of powers if the country is to make progress.
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