Only alliance building can secure Igbo presidency, says Chief Ohanaeze
A chief of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Richard Ozobu, said on Saturday that only building an alliance with other areas would guarantee the realization of an Igbo extraction president in 2023.
Ozobu, who spoke in a media chat with reporters, said Ndigbo should expand the search for a presidential candidate to the seven Igbo-speaking states recognized by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo constitution.
He said he had no doubt that Ndigbo’s interests would be well secured if the likes of Transport Minister Rotimi Amaechi who he said “is a complete Igboman from Ikwere in River State”, had the possibility of success. the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retired), in 2023.
Chief Ohanaeze, said it was wrong to limit the search for a presidential candidate of Igbo descent in 2023 to the five main Igbo states of Enugu, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo, when the Ohanaeze constitution recognized Delta and Rivers as part of the Igbo States.
“We had situations where these two states of Delta (Anioma) and Rivers (Ikwere) produced a President General or Secretary and presided over Igbo affairs through Ohanaeze Ndigbo. There was the late Ambassador Ralph Uwaechue of Delta State who was Chairman General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo. Uche Okwukwu of River State served as general secretary of Ohanaeze.
“By the next election of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the post of Chairman General will go to Rivers State and the person will come from Rivers and stay at Ohanaeze Headquarters here in Enugu and preside over Igbo Affairs.
“So if that is the case, why do we think the Igbos of Rivers and Delta will not be part of the presidency in 2023? We limit our chances and our population by not including them. We were all together in the old eastern region until the establishment of the states. We are in a better position to allow this structure that our ancestors bequeathed to us than what we are doing now,” he said.
Ozobu said no tribe in Nigeria can win the presidency without alliances due to the nature of the politics going on in the country, adding that Ndigbo “It’s about give and take and it has to be built on trust. and based on fairness. You can’t win them all if we’re not good politicians.”
Chief Ohanaeze explained that what was holding the Igbo back was insecurity, emphasizing that anyone who should be entrusted with political power must ensure the safety of the Igbo and the country as a whole.
“We have to give it to someone who the rest of the country can trust and provide the security aspect and the problem has to be within the Igbo nation. We are never part of this Igbo splintering. The Igbo have to stay where they are and if they are in the north, born there, have lived there all their lives, you have to allow them to be part of the process,” he said.
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