Vanguard (Lagos)

Nigeria: Concede Presidency to South-East - Ohanaeze

Lagos — Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo weekend, said the turn of the Igbo to occupy the Presidency had come, warning that any attempt to rip the South East of its due after President Jonathan's tenure would be resisted.

This came on a day former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, insisted that it was the turn of Ndigbo to produce the president of Nigeria in 2015, urging the people to work hard to actualize it.

Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos, new National Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prince Osita Oganah, stated emphatically that Igbo Presidency was not negotiable and, therefore, called on the Igbo to begin to prepare themselves towards achieving the goal.

From left: Gov Theodore Orji of Abia State; Anglican Bishop of Enugu, Bishop Emmanuel Chukwuma; Govs Martin Elechi (Ebonyi); Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Peter Obi (Anambra) and Acting Governor Onyebuchi of Enugu State during the South-East stakeholders meeting in Enugu, yesterday. Photo: Hill Ezeugwu.

He said: "As soon as President Goodluck Jonathan leaves office, be it 2015 or 2019, it is the turn of Ndigbo to take over power. Every part of the region has had its slot in government except the South East. It is only fair to ensure a level playing field for all regions.

"After the South East might have had its slot at the Presidency, we can then begin to vote on merit. It is unfortunate that politics in Nigeria is run on tribal tripod. However, since that is the exigency of the moment, there is nothing we can do but to get our share for the sake of justice and equity. For the Igbo, we must sit down and organise ourselves to know who will represent us."

He also, urged aggrieved members of the group who might have been piqued by actions of the group's past leaderships, to sheathe their swords in the interest of Igbo unity and support the newly elected Chief Garry Igariwey- led executives.

Meanwhile, former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, speaking at an award ceremony in Awka, organised by the South East zone of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, urged Igbo people to accept that time had come for them to rule the country and then begin to work towards achieving it.

According to him, the Igbos have implicit confidence in Nigeria as a united country.

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