- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has opened up on how Nigeria can achieve credible election in 2023
- The apex socio-cultural group made this known in reaction to the call for Igbo presidential candidates
- The group said credible elections in Nigeria will remain difficult until Nigeria is restructured
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Ohanaeze Ndigbo, apex Igbo socio-cultural group, has said that until Nigeria is restructured, credible elections in the country will remain difficult.
The socio-cultural body explained that it supports constitutional restructuring that will ensure equity and fairness to make Nigeria true federalism, Vanguard reports.
Ahead of the 2023 elections, Ohanaeze also noted that it had aligned with the Southern and Middle Belt Leadership Forum to canvas a restructured Nigeria, adding that it would serve the people better.
The position of the apex Igbo group is in reaction to the call Senator Victor Umeh, the former national chairman of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), made to all the political parties to make it a policy that only Igbos should be made presidential candidates for the 2023 elections.
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Prince Achi-Okpaga, the acting secretary-general of Ohanaeze, speaking on the relationship between restructuring, said the group would actively work with other ethnic groups across the country to pursue constitutional restructuring of the country and make it true federalism.
He was quoted as saying: “I liken the issue of election and restructuring to that the mouth and the tooth. Until the rotten tooth is pulled out the mouth must chew with caution. So until you restructure Nigeria credible elections will remain elusive.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Ohanaeze Ndigbo said that Nigeria would be transformed if an Igbo president emerges in 2023.
The president-general of the group, Nnia Nwodo, stated this in a congratulatory message to Nigerian-born Kelechi Madu, the newly appointed minister of justice and solicitor general in Alberta, Canada.
In the congratulatory message signed by Emeka Attamah, his media adviser, Nwodo commended Madu for the achievement.
He said Ohanaeze Ndigbo is highly honoured by the exploits of Madu in Canada, adding that an Igbo president, if elected in 2023, would transform the country.
Similarly, a coalition of Igbo youth groups and Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide (OYC) have endorsed two politicians from the southeast for the presidency in 2023.
The groups recommended the minister of science and technology, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, and the Ebonyi state governor, David Umahi, as the best Igbo candidates to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari.
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