2023…. Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Calls For Igbo Presidency

2023…. Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Calls For Igbo Presidency
…… Says We Are Not Second Class Citizens
By Ify Ashi
Umuahia
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing, Abia state chapter has led their voice to the call for Igbo presidency in 2023, reiterated that the Southeast has pay their dues in Nigeria and deserved to produce the next President of Nigeria.
The state youth President Okey Paul Nwankwo Abia chapter stated this while addressing journalists at Michael Okpara Auditorium, Umuahia, Abia state during the 2019 Annual Summit with the theme “Politics without Bitterness: A Celebration of Pre- Election, Election and Post- Election Harmony in Abia State”.
Nwankwo revealed that if Nigeria must continue to move forward for equity sake justice and fairness an Igbo man should be the next president noted that since the end of civil war no body from southeast have been given the opportunity to become the president.
“If southeast is given the opportunity, marginalization, agitation from IPOB or Massob will cease, let what transpired in southwest in 1999 happen in southeast where all the major parties zone their president to southwest which enable Chief Olusequn Obasanjo to become the than president”.
He said today event was memorable and the first of it kind where Igbos youths are brought closer to politics for them to see the need to be acquainted to what is happening in their environment. He said Igbos can never be second hard citizens because they have all it takes to produce the next president
The occasion witnessed paper presentation by eminent Igbos among who is the Dean of Veterinary medicine at Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umuahia, Prof Maduike Ezeibe who spoke on the topic ‘the Mood of Nigerians for 2023 and selecting the two main candidates, to avoid post election violence – A review of history and role Ohanaezendigbo should play’
He ex rayed the mood of the nation in 1999 that the president should come from the southwest to heal the wounds of injustice done to Abiola, the military cleverly followed the mood by ensuring the emergency of Olusegun and Falae for the two major political parties at the end Obasanjo won
 in 2007 the mood was that power should go to the North and the political parties follow that mood which produced president Yaradua after his death Dr Good luck Jonathan contested and won and later lost to president Buhari in 2015
“The question now is what is the mood of the nation for 2023 presidency? I have no doubt in my mind that mood of the Nigeria nation today is that next president of Nigeria should come from southeast, in other words there is work to do and the work must come from Ohanaezendigbo”.
He said everybody has the right to contest in any parties of their choice, he urged Ohanaeze to see 2023 as a project and should decide who to recommend or who to ignore when they go to meet with leaders of other ethnic groups.
The professor in his suggestion advised for a candidate who is educated, a person who have distinguished his/herself in what ever vocation and a candidates who is known to be salable and incontrovertible.
Among those given certificate of honour included the former governor of Anambra state, Mr Peter Obi, a business man Mr Emeregbe and Engr. Sunday Esomonu the CEO ESO Penco Int’l Ltd
Speaking shortly after the award, Mr Peter Obi ably represented by Mr Patrick Obi called for unity among Ibos adding that with unity of  purpose southeast can produce the next president.
In appreciation after the certificate of honour was presented to him, Engr. Sunday Esomonu thanked the organisers for recognising him and thanked Ohanaezendigbo for promoting and projecting the affairs of Igbos reiterated that he would always be a good ambassador of Ohanaeze.
Mr Ncheta Emerekpe appreciated Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Wing for the honour done on him while he promised to identify and add his quota to the growth and development of Ohanaeze.
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