- Southeasterners have made their declaration as regards their choice for president in 2023 election year
- The declaration was made by the Igbo Elders Consultative Forum also known as Ime-obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo
- According to them, the 2023 presidency should have gone to southeast being the region that has not produced a president
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been criticised for their failure to zone the presidency to the southeast.
This is the position of Igbo Elders Consultative Forum also known as Ime-obi Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
Punch Newspaper reports that the elders also criticised Igbo delegates who voted against South-East aspirants in the presidential primaries for the 2023.
The group consequently labelled them as “serial betrayals and shameless saboteurs”.
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The IECF in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by its Secretary, Prof. Charles Nwekeaku, said:
“This will not happen again as the Igbo Elders shall provide a new leadership that will strengthen the Ohaneze leadership in Igbo land. Those betrayals will retire from politics shamefully and unceremoniously as they will never represent South East in any public service again.
“We observed with grave concern the unprecedented monetisation of the recent political parties’ primary elections, especially the presidential election at which highest bidders emerged as presidential candidates.
“More worrisome was the failure of the major political parties, namely, the ruling APC, and PDP, to zone the Presidency to the South East in keeping with the Federal Character principle and zoning arrangement as contained in Section 14 (3) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the various political parties constitutions for the sake of justice, equity, fairness, peace and stability of the country.
“Worse still, the brazen arrogance and bravado that characterized the PDP leadership changing of the goal post at the middle of the game portrays a bleak future for good governance, transparency and accountability for Nigeria as the principles of justice, equity and fairness do not seem to matter again because it is the turn of the South East.
“Equally shocking and saddening was the brazen betrayal and unbridled collusion of some unpatriotic Igbo sons and daughters that shamelessly and unrepentantly joined those who do not mean well for our people to deny President aspirants from the South East their support and votes.
“They worked and voted for Dollar and lucre at the expense of their fellow aspirants from the South East in brazen arrogance and disregard of the demand of the Southern Governors Forum, Southern and Middle Belt Forum, Afenifere, Pan Niger Delta Forum, Igbo Elders Consultative Forum, Ohaneze Global, among other credible and vocal stakeholders that demanded that the Presidency be zoned to the South, and further micro zoned to the South East.
“Except Ebonyi State, other delegates from Anambra, Abia, Enugu and Imo States and their sponsors need to explain to ndi igbo who they sold their votes to and at what cost at the expense of our collective interest of producing the President of Nigeria in 2023.”
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The recent against him affected his wife, Beatrice, as well as they were both arrested and charged to court for bringing a child to the UK for organ harvesting.
The metropolitan police said the pair were charged to court following an investigation by the police’ specialist crime team.
The police added that the investigation was launched after detectives were alerted to potential offences under modern slavery legislation in May 2022.