The Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu, has appealed to the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo to start organising for Nigeria president of Igbo extraction in 2023 instead of agonising.
Okechukwu made the appeal on Thursday while reacting to the statement of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to the effect that 2023 Igbo presidency quest was a plot to hoodwink Ndigbo.
The chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) said equity, natural justice and good conscience were on the side of Ndigbo if the group worked towards the realisation of the dream.
He reiterated that the South East geopolitical zone remained the only part in the Southern Belt that had not presided over Nigeria from the Aso Villa since the rotation of President between Northern and Southern Belts commenced in 1999, stressing that ‘2023 is our turn, unless we wittingly or unwittingly throw it away.’
He said the principle of rotational presidency was constructed to engender equity, peace and harmony in the country, adding that the south east must organise to get power in 2023.
“One, therefore, appeals to Ohanaeze leadership to place the core Igbo interest above partisanship and demagoguery; for the quickest and surest route to end the vexatious issue of marginalisation and create a sense of belonging is 2023 president of Igbo extraction.
“All we need do as the needful is for the Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership to think out of the box, reflect deeply, and dust off ancient stereotypes and prejudices by voting for President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The real politics is that voting Buhari will better galvanise and strengthen our alliance with the North, more than voting for His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar.
“Buhari has a vote-bank of 10-12 million voters, mostly his cult followership reflected in his bids in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 presidential elections,” he said.