The pan Igbo socio-political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, says it will reject any plan to deny the South East the chance to produce the next President in 2023.
It has been reported that the organisation made this known in a communique released after addressing the Imeobi Ohanaeze Ndigbo at its National Secretariat in Enugu State.
In the communique read by its President-General, George Obiozor, Ohanaeze warned southeast presidential aspirants against accepting the Vice Presidential slot of their political parties.
Obiozor insisted that the South East should be allowed to produce the next President of the country in 2023 in the interest of equity, justice and fairness.
He disclosed that the call for zoning and rotation of power is an orchestrated conspiracy to deprive the South East of the right to produce the next president.
He said: “The clamour for an Igbo to be elected as a President of Nigeria is morally and historically justifiable. It is a project every Igbo must commit himself or herself to. To this end, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has made contacts with several Nigerian leaders with respect to the right of the South East to produce a President for the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
All the double-dealings about zoning and rotation of power is an orchestrated conspiracy to deprive the South East of the right to produce a president.
want to assure all of you that as hard as they may try, they will surely fail. Ours is a right and just cause. I wish to use this opportunity to encourage all the Presidential aspirants from the South East to remain focused, tenacious and optimistic.
In fact we are fully committed to the resolution by the Southern and Middle Belt Leadership Forum (SMBLF) that no Southerner, in fact, a South Easterner for that matter, should denigrate himself or herself with the position of a Vice President.
The Political Action Committee (PAC) of Ohanaeze Ndigbo will still meet several eminent Nigerians to persuade them to appreciate the need for a South easterner to be elected a president of Nigeria.”