- A former minister of works, Adeseye Ogunlewe, has come under attacks by the people of the southeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria
- Ogunlewe had said that the zone is not prepared to produce President Muhammadu Buhari's successor in 2023
- The Ohanaeze Worldwide, however, berated Ogunlewe over the comment, saying that the Ndigbos are more united than before
Lagos - Following his comment on the proposed Igbo presidency in 2023, the apex-Igbo organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has lambasted a former minister of works, Adeseye Ogunlewe.
Daily Sun reports that Ogunlewe said that the lack of unity among the Igbo was a bane to their aspiration for president in 2023.
Legit.ng gathered that Ohanaeze in a statement issued on Thursday, August 12, by its secretary-general, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, in response to Ogunlewe, said the former minister was suffering from ‘mouth diarrhoea.’
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The statement said Ogunlewe's statement was a calculated attempt, crooked and provocative onslaught against Ndigbo intertwined with fallacies and falsehoods.
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“Ordinarily, we would have ignored the man suffering from mouth diarrhoea, but we call on Nigerians to ignore him, as 2023 is not about southeast but the repair of a country sinking deep into the abyss of disintegration and insecurity.
"Ogunlewe is not speaking for Omo oduduwa or Yoruba nation men and women of morality from the southeast are supporting and canvassing for the 2023 Igbo presidency, not the 2023 southeast presidency, the difference between the former and latter is what the likes of Ogunlewe may not comprehend easily."
He noted that the survival of Nigeria beyond 2023 lies in the fact that every section of the country had tasted the presidency except the igbo, and attempts by the fifth columnist to coax and intimidate.
Ohanaeze said contrary to Ogunlewe’s claims, the Igbo are united in its aspiration for the 2023 presidency, saying a lot of consultative meetings and backstage activities are ongoing to convince Nigerians of the need for the 2023 Igbo presidency project.
The group said:
“Igbo leadership is at the forefront of this noble project, and Igbo presidential hopefuls are putting finishing touches on 2023 Presidency, surely we hope Ogunlewe will jump the ship immediately Igbp succeed President Muhammadu in 2023.”
Former minister Ogunlewe tells southeast to forget Igbo presidency in 2023
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former minister of works, Adeseye Ogunlewe, told the people of the southeast to forget the 2023 presidency.
It was reported that the southeast cannot produce the next Nigeria’s president because they are disunited.
Ogunlewe insisted that the absence of common leadership and lack of cohesion would work against any southeast presidential candidate.