- Ahead of the 2023 general elections, calls are being made for the support of Igbo presidency
- One of those who have drummed support for a president of Igbo extraction is the Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development
- The northern elders insisted that the 2023 presidential ticket should be zoned to the southeast
With campaigns for the 2023 presidential election already on, the Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development has begun to drum support for Igbo presidency.
In a report by Leadership, the northern elders insisted that the southeast zone should be next for Nigeria’s 2023 presidency and not any other geopolitical region.
The elders made their position known in a statement by their national coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni and Hajia Mario Bichi, the national women leader.
They stressed that Nigeria's next president should be Igbo and recommended that the culture of the rotational presidency continue between the northern and southern region.
According to the northern elders, the rotation has helped to douse the political tension in Nigeria.
While noting that their position was borne out of the need for all parts of Nigeria to be fairly treated in the nation’s political affairs, the northern elders said the Igbos have been marginalized in the scheme of things.
The elders called on both the All Progressives Congress, (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), to field candidates of southeast extraction.
On the other hand, the Northern elders appealed to all other zones in the country to back the Igbos in their long quest to produce a president.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that following the clamour from southeast leaders for an Igbo to be the next president, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has insisted that the quest was non-negotiable in 2023.
The senator made this known on Wednesday, November 18, after the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Imo state council gave him an award as the “most outstanding performing senator in the southeast 2020.”
Abaribe who represents Abia South at the National Assembly vowed to remain in the forefront for the agitation of justice, equity, and fairness for the southeast region in national affairs.
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