- The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has called on Ndigbo to consider presidential aspirants from other Igbo-speaking states
- The group said that it is important to note that its constitution recognises the seven states surrounding the southeast region
- According to the group, aspirants like Rotimi Amaechi, who has already declared his intention to contest for the presidency is a member of Ohanaeze Ndigbo
Ndigbos have been urged to extend their search for a 2023 presidential candidate to all the seven Igbo-speaking states recognised by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, a socio-political group from the southeast region.
Guardian reports that a chieftain of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Richard Ozobu, said a strong alliance with all the states surrounding the southeast region will aid the realisation of an Igbo presidency in 2023.
Ozubu called on the Igbo people to ensure that the search for a presidential candidate is extended to the seven Igbo-speaking states recognised by the socio-political group.
He also said that such a strategy would be in the interest of Ndigbo and would guarantee that the likes of the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, in the presidency.
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"He (Amaechi) is a complete Igbo man from Ikwere in Rivers State was given the opportunity to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023."
He also added that it would be wrong to limit the search for a presidential candidate to only the southeast states that are core Igbo-speaking states - Enugu, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo.
Ohanaeze's constitution and states it recognises
Ozubu also added that the Ohanaeze Constitution has already recognised Delta and Rivers as part of Igbo states.
Also speaking on the same matter, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide cautioned against any campaign of calumny against the minister of transportation and other aspirants of Igbo extraction.
The Punch reports that the group, in a statement by Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the vilification of Igbo leaders will not be tolerated.
“Chibuike Amaechi is a registered member of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in the Rivers state chapter and a bonafide member of Ime Obi (the apex decision making organ in Ohanaeze) based on his position as a former governor and current minister."
2023: Ohanaeze, PANDEF knock PDP for zoning presidency to north
In a recent move, the opposition party has concluded its arrangement regarding zoning and this has generated reactions in the polity.
The Igbo socio-cultural group, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the Pan-Niger Delta Forum and the Middle Belt Forum have reacted angrily to the PDP for zoning its presidency to the northern region ahead of 2023.
2023 presidency: Saraki, Tambuwal, Bala Mohammed still in the race, DG campaign council says
Contrary to news reports, the former Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Governors Bala Mohammed and Aminu Tambuwal of Bauchi and Sokoto states are still in the contest for Nigeria's number one seat.
This was disclosed by the director-general of the Saraki Campaign Council on Wednesday, March 30.
Onaiwu said that some mischievous individuals planted the reports out of their desperation to clinch the presidential ticket in a deceitful manner.