2019: Group bags north to back Igbo presidency

BY UGOCHUKWU ALARIBE
ABA – Ahead of the 2019 Presidential poll, a pan Igbo group; Actualization for Igbo Presidency, has urged the political stakeholders in the North to ensure that an Igbo man emerges President of Nigeria, to enhance national cohesion.

President General, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Chief John Nwodo (r) discussing with the Minister for Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige during a meeting between South East Leaders led by the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and President Muhammadu Buhari at the State House, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida 13/10/2017

The group insisted that the move had become necessary to address the marginalization of Ndigbo in the power equation of the country.

In an interview with Vanguard in Aba, Chairman, Board of Trustees, BoT, of the group, Chief John Kennedy Osuala, who disclosed that the group had began consultation with eminent groups and individuals across the federation to woo support for the project, urged Igbo politicians to join leading political parties where they can seek nomination as presidential candidates in 2019.

He lamented that Ndigbo have been rendered second class citizens in a country where they are the major stakeholders and enjoined the political stakeholders in the North and other sections of Nigeria to support the Igbo presidency project.

“The North had been President for 46 years, South West- 12 years and South South- 6 years. It is unfair that the South East was there for only 6 months. We are appealing to the North, South South and South West to support a Nigerian from Igbo extraction to emerge President in 2019.Ndigbo can’t do it alone; it is a clarion call to our brothers to show understanding in this project which will enhance national unity.

“Political leaders in Igbo land must sit up if we are to actualize our dream to produce a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2019. They should understand that power is not given on a platter of gold but sought for. Igbo presidency in 2019 is achievable only if we play our cards well. Other Nigerians are looking up to us to get our acts together. This is our time, we must take the bull by the horn.”

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