The Ohanaeze Ndigbo globally has expelled the position of former Minister of Works, Adeseye Ogunlewe that the Southeast is not ready to take over the presidency from Buhari come 2023.
The former Minister of Works had earlier in an interview said the ineptitude of the people of the Southeast to come together under a common authority would work in the opposite of their presidential ambition.
‘Another group of suitable people, are the those from the Southeast but they have an issue with their leadership.
‘Their presence across the country made them so empowered that they can generate winning votes, however, they are too separated. An Imo person, Enugu person, Ebonyi man won’t hear each other.
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‘Financially, they are financially buoyant. Should they sit down to assess what they can offer, more than almost everyone in Nigeria, they have surplus money.’
Responding to this, Ohanaeze explained his assertions as ‘planned attempts, crooked and provoking assault against Ndigbo weaved with illusions and falsehoods.’
The Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro. issued in a statement released earlier today.
According to him, ‘Ideally, we would have ignored the man suffering from halitosis. In any case, we call on Nigerians to understand that 2023 is not all about Southeast but the rehabilitation of a country plunging deep into the chasm of disintegration and insecurity.’
‘Ogunlewe is not talking for Omo Oduduwa or the Yoruba nation. Men and women of morality from the Southwest are supporting and soliciting for Igbo Presidency come 2023,’ he added.
‘Nigeria’s survival beyond 2023 rest in the truth that every portion of the country had enjoyed the Presidency but for the Igbo, and efforts by the journalist to induce and to stop the Nigerian President of Igbo origin is the fastest avenue to deterioration and endless secessionist agitation in Nigeria.
‘The Igbos are calling out for Igbo Presidency, not Southeast Presidency. Be it an Igbo from Niger Delta or Benue or Kogi or Southeast emerges in any major political party, we are willing to identify and support him.’
Contrary to Ogunlewe’s assertions, ‘Igbos are unified in the quest for the 2023 Presidency, Isiguzoro said.
‘Since the inception of democracy in 1999, for the first time, a lot of consultative conferences and backstage movements are ongoing to convince Nigerians of the need for the Igbo Presidency Project in 2023.
‘At the forefront of this Noble Project, has the Igbo leadership, and the Igbo presidential hopefuls are. putting completing touches on the 2023 Igbo Presidency.