- Ohanaeze Ndigbo has rejected former vice president, Atiku Abubakar's proposal if elected as president come 2023
- The group is of the view that such a proposal would not work for the good of the South-East region regarding its presidency agenda
- Ohaneze stated that the region should be allowed to produce the nation's next president while noting that Atiku's offer is disrespectful
The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has rejected former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s proposed single four-year tenure if elected as president in 2023.
According to Sahara Reporters, the group maintained that the proposal is a trick to derail the South-East from its primary political goal of clinching the presidency.
Reacting, Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the remark was a collective disrespect to people of the southeast.
Isiguzoro also declared that Igbos would reject the vice-presidential slot, stressing that the region should be allowed to produce a president in 2023.
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In a statement he signed, Isiguzoro recounted how Atiku rejected a single term offer from Igbo elders in 2019.
Recall that Raymond Dokpesi, an ally of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential aspirant, had said the former Vice President would govern Nigeria for a single term, if elected as president, The Punch reported.
Dokpesi had vowed to go naked if Atiku failed to hand over to the Igbos after his tenure.
5 times former vice president Atiku has contested for presidency
Legit.ng previously reported that as the 2023 general elections approach, there are speculations that former vice president Atiku Abubakar may once again contest for the presidency.
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His son, Adamu Atiku Abubakar, appeared to have kickstarted the speculations when he declared in June 2020 that Atiku would contest again.
While many may not know, Atiku’s aspiration to rule Nigeria started about 29 years ago!
So far, he has contested for Nigeria’s presidency five times and 2023 will be the sixth if he contests again.
Group claims Atiku is "most adequately prepared" to wrest power from APC
Meanwhile, a group under the aegis of Amalgamated Atiku Support Group has thrown its weight behind Atiku to succeed President Buhari in 2023.
The national coordinator of the group, Oladimeji Fabiyi, in a statement issued on Friday, September 3, said Atiku is the most adequately prepared and experienced politician to wrest power from the APC.
Fabiyi also condemned a recent statement credited to a group that suggested that the PDP should not field Atiku as a presidential candidate in the next general elections. He said the anonymous group has launched a sustained media campaign against Atiku but stressed that no group should have the right to tell the PDP who to present as its presidential candidate.