- The new leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said that its main priority is to produce a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023
- The newly elected spokesman of the foremost Igbo socio-cultural group, Alex Ogbonna, made this known during an interview
- The group also asked all those aggrieved due to the emergence of Professor George Obiozor as its leader to sheath their swords
The new leadership of the Igbo apex group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said that the mandate handed over to them is to produce a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
The newly elected spokesman of the body, Alex Ogbonna, made this known during an interview with the Daily Sun newspaper published on Saturday, January 16.
Ogbonna said that they were optimistic about achieving the mandate, adding that those who think Professor George Obiozor is a stooge in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari, Governor Hope Uzodinma, and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to give him a chance.
“The only aim is to convince Nigerians to consider Igbo for 2023 because we have been tasked to carry and portray the awareness and consciousness of the Igbo. Fortunately, the consciousness is to produce Igbo president. There is no need to delay or coming up with a new mandate.
“There is no time to be negative about the goal. We are very hopeful that we will achieve it. The mandate is an already started one and it is very clear to all of us. It is an unwritten agreement that must be achieved.”
Legit.ng had earlier listed 5 urgent issues affecting Igbos in Nigeria Professor Obiozor must address as the new leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
Meanwhile, a chieftain of the APC and former national chairman of the All Progressives Grnad Alliance, Chief Chekwas Okorie has expressed optimism that the southeast can produce the next Nigerian president in 2023.
Okorie noted that one of the reasons why he is hopeful of the southeast is the recent defection of Ebonyi state governor, Dave Umahi to the APC.
In a related development, Apostle Vitalis Odumma, a United Kingdom-based Nigerian cleric, has declared that the presidency won't go to the southeast in 2023.
The Imo-state born preacher stated this while interacting with select journalists including a Legit.ng reporter in Abuja on Friday, December 19, 2020.
According to him, politicians of Igbo stock jostling for the presidency in 2023 should wait for their turn, adding that God has not sanctioned the emergence of an Igbo as the country's number one citizen.
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