- Ahead of 2023, southeast governors have their zone should produce the next president of the country
- Governor Umahi who is the chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum said the region deserves fair and equal treatment
- The Ebonyi state governor said the Igbo-dominated region is no longer interested in any secession
Abakaliki, Ebonyi state - Governors of the southeast zone have asked all the political parties in the country to pick their 2023 presidential candidates from the zone.
Nigerian Tribune reported that the chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum and governor of Ebonyi state, David Umahi, made the call on Friday, October 8.
Governor Umahi noted that the Igbo-dominated region has sacrificed a lot and must be allowed to produce the next president of the country whether through zoning or not.
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Legit.ng gathers that the governor made this known during a prayer summit organised by the state government at the Ecumenical Centre, Abakaliki.
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He called for the integration of the zone in the affairs of the country, reiterating that Nigeria must treat the southeast fairly and equitably.
Governor Umahi said the southeast region is no longer interested in Biafra but wants to belong to fair play and equitable Nigeria.
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The Ebonyi state governor said this when he appeared as a guest on Channels TV on Friday, September 3.
Governor Umahi noted that the major yearning of the people of the southeastern region is that they should be given a chance to produce Nigeria's president, whether on the platform of the PDP or the APC.
APC group seeks Buhari’s support for southeast
Meanwhile, an APC group, South East Mandate (SEM), has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to facilitate the process of nominating a presidential candidate from trusted members of the party from the region ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The group also urged other political parties in Nigeria to cede its presidential ticket to the southeast in the spirit of justice, equity, and good conscience.
Convener of the group, Senator Julius Ucha, who briefed journalists after their recent meeting, identified lack of trust, latent fear, suspicion, and prejudices as some of the factors holding the southeast down in Nigeria’s political equation, saying it was poised to reverse the trend