- The southeast has rejected the selection of Igbos from outside the political region as President Buhari's successor in 2023
- The non-southeast Igbos were issued a disqualification notice by a former senate president Anyim Pius Anyim at an Igbo summit
- Anyim argued before prominent southeast indigenes that the region would not accept as Igbo presidency in 2023 a transfer of power to Ndigbos outside the east
Igbos indigenes who come from communities based outside of the southeastern part of Nigeria are not qualified to seek the presidential position in the 2023 election.
This is according to a former senate president, Anyim Pius Anyim, a popular supporter of Igbo presidency in 2023.
The Nation reports on Saturday, January 30 that Anyim said Igbos from states like Benue, Delta, Edo and Rivers cannot contest for the presidency.
The report quoted Anyim as saying:
“Political office zoned to the Southeast does not extend to Igbos from a zone outside the Southeast political zone.”
Anyim was said to have issued the statement of disqualification while delivering a lecture at the 6th World Igbo Summit at Gregory University, Uturu, Abia State.
The lecture was titled “Identifying the political interest of the Igbos of the Southeast geo-Political zone in Nigeria and Strategies for Its actualization.”
Anyim's words will come as a big blow to the likes of the minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi, a top All Progressives Congress chieftain from the Igbo community in Rivers state, who is said to be eyeing the presidency in 2023.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng also reported that a bi-partisan group of southeast political leaders have urged the ruling All Progressives Congress and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party to cede the ticket to the zone in the spirit of justice and national harmony.
The Igbo leaders said on Tuesday, January 5, that any party that does not zone its 2023 presidential ticket to the southeast would not get the region’s votes.
This was part of resolutions reached at the end of a bi-partisan meeting of southeast political leaders at the Camp Neya, Igbere, in Abia state.