- Ahead of the 2023 election, the Arewa Consultative Forum has waded in on the agitation for the southeast to produce Nigeria's next president
- The Northern socio-cultural organisation disclosed that an Igbo presidency can be achieved through lobby
- The group hinted further that they should project their demands in a reasonable manner by reaching out to stakeholders in other regions
Kaduna state- Northern socio-cultural organisation, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) at the weekend reacted to comments by officials of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) that Igbo would not beg to be President of Nigeria in 2023.
In a swift reaction, ACF Spokesman, Emmanuel Yawe said nobody told southeast politicians to beg, but to lobby and reach out to stakeholders across the country, instead of hauling insults against other Nigerians in a bid to get the presidency, The Sun reports.
The ACF chairman, Chief Audu Ogbeh had penultimate Thursday, December 9, advised Igbo to lobby if they wanted 2023 presidency.
However, Yawe said lobbying in democracy is not begging, adding that if MASSOB feels otherwise, “it is their business”.
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According to ACF Spokesman:
“Nobody said they should beg for political power. We only said it is better for the South East politicians to go round the country and hold discussions from their compatriots in order to convince them that it is only fair to allow them have a shot at the presidency.
“In a democracy this is called lobbying not begging. If MASSOB feels otherwise, it is their business. This is what we are talking about – the freedom to talk & act freely. They are free. This is their country. They are entitled to everything the country can offer."
2023: Amaechi reveals how southeast can produce Nigeria's president
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Elder statesman Mbazurike Amaechi, says the only way an Igbo man can emerge as Nigeria's president in 2023 is for the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone their presidential tickets to the southeast.
It was reported that Amaechi who is a former aviation minister in the First Republic said this on Thursday, December 2, in Abakaliki, the capital city of Ebonyi state.
According to him, it will be difficult for the Igbo to win the presidential election in the country unless the two main parties concede their tickets to the region.
2023 Presidency: We are ready to kneel to get support from other regions for Southeast, Ezeife
In a related report, a lot is being done in the country by the Igbos to get a hold of the presidential seat ahead of the 2023 general election.
While some prominent personalities are not relenting in the struggle to get support in other regions, others are convinced that their aim would be realized in the long run.
Recently, a former governor of Anambra state, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, on Saturday, December 4, said the Southeast was prepared to kneel for any region to garner support to clinch the presidency in 2023.