- Seems like the bid for an Igbo candidate to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari might be underway
- Nigeria's two apex political parties, APC and PDP have been rumoured to have dashed such hopes as speculations of a northern candidacy is on the card
- Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze group is on course to embark on a regional tour to lobby for the presidency to be seeded to the southeastern region
In a bid to ensure that the presidency is seeded to the southeast, renowned socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has commenced a plot to seek the favour of top traditional rulers across the country to support the motion.
According to the Vanguard newspaper, Obi Chukwuemeka Udodeme, the leader of the Anambra State chapter made this known while receiving a presidential aspirant under the flagship of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) Professor Peter Umeadi who was on a consultative visit.
Udodeme revealed that he was worried about the latest speculation and reports that the APC and the PDP are on the verge of fielding northern candidates.
Legit.ng gathered that plans are already in place for the Ime Obi Ohanaeze, to meet in Enugu on Thursday, May 5 to deliberate on strategies in ensuring the presidency is zoned to the southeast.
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Ohanaeze lauds APGA presidential aspirant
Meanwhile, Udodeme lauded the presidential aspirant, Umeadi for his courage and boldness to volunteer himself to serve the nation.
He also lauded Umeadi for a job well done during his tenure as the chief judge of Anambra State.
The presidential aspirant, Umeadi while speaking to the members of Ohanaeze assured the group that his aim to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari is to reposition the country to immeasurable growth and development.
He also promised to ensure reconciliation amongst all the regions of the country in reference to the incessant cases of killings, kidnapping and other social vices.
“My antecedents and mettle guide me to step out with the triple banner of the Rule of law, Separation of Powers and Due Process, which should engender security for life and property, economic revitalization and prosperity, which in itself represents a fulfilled and happy life. These issues should be at the core of our rejuvenation as a nation.
“We know that insecurity amongst other fallout has driven our people away from the farms, creating artificial scarcity of food and earning power. We live with the dilemma of funding and even making long-term plans on camps harbouring internally displaced persons (IDP) when the country is neither at war nor struck by a major natural disaster.”
2023: Ohanaeze Ndigbo asks other regions to support president of Igbo extraction
In a similar report, Ohanaeze Ndigbo reiterated that the next president of Nigeria should hail from the southeast region.
The pan-Igbo socio-cultural group on Monday, February 14, appealed to other regions to support the zone.
The group’s President-General, Prof George Obiozor said they have been campaigning for their rights to leadership since 1960.
2023: Again, Ohanaeze warns PDP, APC to zone presidential ticket to southeast
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide insisted that power must shift to the southeast in the 2023 presidential election.
The president-general of the group on Thursday, January 27 warned that any attempt to jettison the north/south political rotational arrangement would throw Nigeria into a political crisis.
He urged the All Progressive Congress (APC), the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and other political parties to respect the political rotation.