- Ohanaeze has warned Dave Umahi against ruining the chance of Igbo presidency in 2023
- The socio-political group issued this warning in reaction to the governor's planned defection to APC
- According to the Igbo group, it will not take it lightly with anybody from the region who decides to be running mate to a candidate from the north
Ohanaeze has reacted to Dave Umahi's planned defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC) with the socio-political group warning the Ebonyi state governor not to jeopardise the chances of Igbo presidency in 2023.
Legit.ng recalls that the governor reportedly told the Uche Secondus-led national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that he was ready to call it quits.
Umahi made his defection plans known on Tuesday, November 10, confirming the speculations that he is parting ways with the opposition block.
It was also confirmed that Umahi, during a stakeholders' meeting in his Uburu Ohaozara local government area on Sunday, November 15, declared his defection plans.
But in a reaction, Igboayaka O. Igboayaka who is the national president of Ohanaeze said Umahi is free to pitch tent with another party, adding that the southeast region cannot put their eggs in the same basket all the time.
He, however, stated that the governor's defection to the ruling block should not put the chance of Igbo presidency in jeopardy.
According to him, any attempt to sideline the southeast region and deny it the presidential slot in 2023 will quicken Nigeria's break-up.
“Denying Ndigbo APC and PDP presidential ticket is easiest way to quicken Nigeria's break up. Nigeria will not exceed 2023 if any attempt is made to deny Ndigbo 2023 presidency."
More governors to defect after Umahi
Governor Hope Uzodinma on Monday, November 16, stated that after Umahi's APC move, more governors from the opposition would defect to the ruling party.
The Imo state governor made the statement when he visited the APC national secretariat in Abuja, adding that the planned defection of Umahi from the PDP to the APC would happen soon.
Meanwhile, chairman of APC national caretaker committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state, said the party has not yet decided which region it would zone its presidential ticket by 2023.
The governor made this disclosure during an interview with the Saturday Sun as the conversation on President Muhammadu Buhari's successor continues to take the centre stage.
A former Imo state governor and current senator, Rochas Okorocha, is one of those that may be benefitting should the southeast region of the country be eventually considered to take a shot at the presidency in 2023.
Legit.ng reported earlier that the APC chieftain is weighing the option of throwing the hat into the ring for the 2023 presidency.
The former governor was on Monday, November 16, urged to vie for the 2023 presidential ticket by a group, Igbos for Rochas Movement 2023 Presidency (IRM).
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