- The Forum of Northern Elders for Unity has expressed concern for the political tension stirred up by the agitation for power to the south
- In light of this, the group has decided to back a presidential candidate of Igbo extraction from the opposition PDP
- According to the elders forum, PDP during its 16-year reign was able to provide all-inclusive government for a united Nigeria
Kaduna - Ahead of the 2023 election, a group under the aegis Forum of Northern Elders for Unity (FNEU) resolved to back a candidate of Igbo extraction from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the position of president.
Vanguard reports that the forum has vowed to support Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state as a sole candidate from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the country's highest position.
This was made known in a communique issued and jointly signed by chairman and secretary of FNEU, Alhaji Baba Mala and Mal. Yau Aliyu respectively after the forum's meeting in Kaduna on Monday, February 1.
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Another reason is that 22 years since Nigeria returned to democracy, Igbos have not been considered for either position of the president or vice president.
The elders forum also noted that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has has a northerner as president now and it will only be fair and democratic to return power to the South, especially southeast because the Igbo have been politically marginalized.
Mala and Aliyu urged the main opposition party to give its presidential ticket to the Enugu state governor because of his antecedence as a leader with a passion for peace, progress and unity of the country.
2023: Ohanaeze Ndigbo asks other regions to support president of Igbo extraction
In a previous report by Legit.ng, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an apex socio-cultural organisation has again, called for the emergence of a Nigerian president of southeast extraction in 2023.
The Punch reports that the president-general of the group, Prof. George Obiozor revealed that an Igbo president will unite the country and restore national hope.
The group on Monday, February 14, urged other zones of the country to support a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023.