- Moses Ayom's ambition to be Nigeria's next president is getting a lot of support in the southeast and south-south region of the country
- Igbo leaders and traditional rulers in the region have declared their support for the ambition of the entrepreneur
- This is as groups loyal to Ayom continue their advocacy across the nation ahead of the 2023 presidential contest
Abuja- Ahead of the 2023 elections, leaders from the Southeast and Southsouth geopolitical zones have decided to work together for the emergence of Moses Ayom as president.
According to the leaders, Ayom is a credible and unifying leader the country needs to forge ahead in the next dispensation.
Led by His Royal Highness, Igwe Friday Ozochi (Ozochimere Eze 1), the leaders conferred on Ayom, a frontline contender for the presidency in 2023 on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC), the chieftaincy title of Ozo Ndi Igbo 1 of Nigeria (Saviour of the Igbo race in Nigeria), Vanguard reports.
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“We cannot forget in a hurry the roles played by the Middle Belt in ensuring the unity of our country Nigeria from the time of the civil war to the contributions of prominent middle belt leaders like Joseph Tarka, Solomon Lar, Olusola Saraki and many others. Having said this, we have carefully and painstakingly watched through most of the leading lights from the Middle Belt region and have concluded that you, Mr. Moses Ayom, fits the role for the next president of Nigeria.
“We from the South- East are predominantly business entrepreneurs. We believe that coming from that background of business where you have excelled, your leadership will create an enabling environment for our businesses to thrive."
In his response, an elated Ayom said he was overwhelmed with the latest gesture and recounted the experience he had with Igbo people when he first visited more than 30 years ago, This Day also reported.
He said if elected president in 2023, he would partner with the Southeast to drive industrial reforms that would turn the region into the Gwanzhou (Chinese industrial city) of Africa.
This event was heralded by the decoration of the recipient by the Traditional ruler of the Tiv people in Abuja, Chief Joseph Aneh who was also available to witness the occasion.
The historic Investiture took place in the presence of the Middle Belt Inter Faith Clerics Council of Bishops and Imams who also prayed for the recipient and the success of his political aspiration.
2023 elections: Denying Igbo presidency will be highest level of marginalization against Ndigbo, Okeke warns
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that ahead of the 2023 general elections, a former chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC), and president Pan-Ndigbo Foundation (PNF), Chief Simon Okeke, has said that if Igbos are not given a chance to rule the country it shows the highest level of marginalization against the Ndigbo.
Chief Okeke made this statement during an interview with Vanguard on Friday, November 26, at his Amichi, Nnewi South Local Council, Anambra state home.
The Igbo leader who spoke on national issues, including the Biafra secession agitation by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and tackling insecurity disclosed that a peaceful agitation or protest is not an offence in Nigeria and all over the world, adding that there is a genuine move for Nigerian President of Igbo extraction.