- Chief Edwin Clark has thrown his weight behind the call for someone from the southeast to succeed President Buhari
- A national newspaper reported that the Ijaw leader is comfortable with the idea of a president of Igbo extraction
- According to Clark, it is in the interest of fairness and justice for an Igbo man to emerge as the country's next president
Ahead of the next presidential election, elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark has backed the move to ensure that Nigeria’s next president emerges from the southeast.
The former national commissioner said President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor must come from the southeast in the interest of fairness and justice, The Nation reports.
However, the Ijaw leader noted that for the region to actualise the dream of producing the next president it must put its house in order.
He made the disclosure when he received a courtesy visit from Ohanaeze Ndigbo and some southeast leaders led by president general, Professor George Obiazor at his Asokoro residence, Abuja on Sunday, April 18.
According to The Punch, Clark pledged to mobilise his people to reciprocate late Nnamdi Azikiwe’s gesture by working with the southeast leaders to produce an Igbo president in 2023.
He explained that Azikiwe, the first Nigerian president worked with the people of the south-south region to carve out the mid-west as an independent region in the defunct First Republic.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo said the time has come for a president of Igbo extraction.
As a result of this, the group mandated its president, Professor George Obiozor, to ensure that the region produces the next president of Nigeria come 2023.
The task was given to the president at its Worldwide Elders Council meeting which held at the Banquet Hall of the Imo State Government House.
In a related development, the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has spoken up on why it allowed former Chief of Army Staff (COAS), Azubuike Ihejirika, to join its fold.
Mai Mala Buni, the governor of Yobe who is also the chairman of APC's caretaker extraordinary convention planning committee, disclosed that this gesture of the ruling party is in the interest of Abia state in particular and the southeast in general.
Buni said the coming of Ihejirika into the party will further help the state usher in the APC so that in the long run, the region will come to the centre politically.