Northern elders have expressed assist for Igbo presidency in 2023 and tasked the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Social gathering to zone its presidential tickets to the South East.
The elders say their demand follows the necessity for all areas of the nation to be handled equally within the political affairs of the nation.
In an announcement by its Nationwide Coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni and the Nationwide Ladies Chief, Hajia Mario Bichi, the Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Growth affirmed that Igbos have been marginalized within the political scheme of issues within the nation.
It, nonetheless, appealed to the APC and the PDP to characteristic candidates of southeast extraction in 2023 to take care of the tradition of rotational presidency between the North and South, which it claimed has doused political stress in Nigeria up to now.
The group promised to assist Igbos tand tasked different zones within the nation to do similar following their lengthy quest to provide a president.
‘‘Buhari is from the North, the proper factor is that after his eight-year tenure, the subsequent president ought to come from Southern Nigeria and since South West and South-South have occupied the workplace within the present dispensation, the South East is subsequent in line within the spirit of the rotation precept, equity, fairness and justice.”
The elders stated the transfer will foster nationwide unity and convey an finish to the bitterness of the Nigeria-Biafra civil conflict, which has lingered for 50 years for the reason that finish of hostilities.
The Northern Elders lauded South East leaders for not taking cessation as an choice regardless of the actions of Nnamdi Kanu, the self-proclaimed chief of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra, IPOB, which it accused of trying to destabilize Nigeria’s unity by hiding beneath the delayed Igbo presidency.
“If all the foremost geopolitical zones within the nation and particularly the foremost ethnic teams within the nation have all been presidents then in all equity, justice and fairness, we ought to be wanting on the South East to provide the president.
“There is no such thing as a denying the truth that the Igbos have contributed significantly to the event of this nation. It’s time for us all to reciprocate their good gestures by means of mass assist for the subsequent president to emerge from the South East. That is the time for it, the assertion additional stated.
‘‘We’re asking for a Nigerian President of South-East extraction. We’re not asking Nigeria for “Igbo President as a result of that may quantity to asking Nigeria to probably alter geo-political-zones-based rotation association for Presidency in Nigeria”.
The elders additional tasked Ohanaeze Ndigbo to achieve out to nice Igbo politicians and leaders of different geo-political zones and curiosity teams for assist for a South-East president, noting that the creation of six geopolitical zones was to assist streamline the way in which the nation was structured.
“The Northern elders need to face on this zoning association to make some extent on 2023 Presidency that’s of grave significance to South-East geo-political zone specifically and Nigeria normally,” they stated.