Presidency 2023: We Will Support Any Political Party That Has Igbo Candidate – Ohanaeze
The apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said that they would give their unalloyed backing to any political party that avails a presidential candidacy slot to the South-East in the 2023 general election.
According to a statement by the President of Anambra State Chapter of the organization, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene on Tuesday in Awka, deliberating the 2023 election now is way too early to be a matter of consideration.
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He stated that nobody in the region is yet to declare interest in the office of the president come 2023, however, whoever succeeds in securing a presidential ticket from any political party would have the support of the organization as the Igbo candidate.
On the other hand, the Youth Leader of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Ambassador Arthur Obiora alleged that it’s treacherous for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to demand that the SouthEasterners beg for the presidential ticket. He maintained that such a statement is a betrayal of trust in PDP.
“It is treacherous and heavy betrayal for a party that the Southeast has given about 80% support since 1999 to turn around and ask them to come cap in hand and beg for its Presidential ticket, let it be known that we are bigger than that.
“PDP is not being sincere to themselves and can no longer be trusted by the Igbos. We stand on natural justice, equity, and fairness. In this country, there is an unsigned policy that power should rotate between the South and the North.”
Meanwhile, the Ohanaeze in Diaspora, in a press briefing by the President had earlier announced a rally to be held on 27 December 2020 in the five Southeastern states to press harder its demand for Igbo presidency in the 3023 general elections.
He noted that the Presidency and the leadership of APC and PDP have been duly informed to that effect.
Before now, the leader of Ohanaeze in Diaspora, Dr. Nwachukwu Anakwenze, had told reporters in Awka, Anambra State that Igbo would organize a rally on December 27, 2020, in all the Igbo States to drive home their point of the 2023 presidency.
He said the solidarity march would involve the Southeast Governors, the Bishops of all Churches, and other stakeholders in the zone
The Ohanaeze Diaspora leader, said President Muhammadu Buhari, the leadership of both PDP and the All Progressives Congress APC, had been written to that effect.
“True democracy and freedom is what we want for ourselves as Nigerians and Africa as a whole. Our history in Nigeria clearly shows that Ndigbo have always stood for democracy and fair play for all.
“We do not believe or promote religious based politics and ideology. We want a Nigeria where the majority’s right is balanced with the minority’s right
“We want a Nigeria where the various ethnic groups feel that they have a stake in the future of the country,” Anakwenze said.