- The presidential primary elections of the APC and PDP are done and dusted ahead of the 2023 general elections
- APC's presidential primary polls saw the emergence of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, while that of PDP saw the emergence of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar
- However, the outcome of both elections did not favour the southeastern region whose leaders are looking to lobby for a vice presidency slot
An emerging report has confirmed that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo and other Igbo leaders will be holding an emergency meeting after the region lost out in its bid for the presidential ticket of APC and PDP.
Leadership newspaper reports that the camp of the socio-cultural group and the Igbo leaders are not happy about the outcome of both primary elections.
Southeast leaders to lobby for vice presidency
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As gathered by Legit.ng, a source revealed that one of the agendas of the meeting is to deliberate on how they can lobby for the position of a running for both Atiku and Tinubu.
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The source further stated that Igbo leaders will also deliberate on the emergence of Atiku and Tinubu and take a decision on one person to support or not to support.
He further added that the Igbo leaders will also take a decision on whether to urge all South-easterners to support a former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, who is now the candidate of the Labour Party (LP).
The source said:
“Ohanaeze and Igbo leaders of thought will have a meeting soon. After the meeting we will take a stand on the presidential primaries of the PDP and APC."
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Prior to the APC and PDP presidential primaries, Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide called on all political leaders to allow southeast produce the next president of Nigeria.
According to president-general of the association, Prof George Obiozor, the country must create a political equilibrium that accommodates all the regions.
Going further, Obiozor pointed that it is only the Southeast that has not had a shot at the presidency since the return of democracy in 1999.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Ohanaeze Ndigbo reacted to the declaration made by the national leader of the All Progressives, Bola Tinubu, on Monday, January 10, to run for the 2023 presidency.
The Igbo socio-political group said it would continue with the insistence that it is the turn of the southeast region to produce a president in 2023.
Describing Tinubu as a man of conscience, the spokesperson for the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Alex Ogbonnia, said the APC national leader should also be interested in justice and equity.