Former Senator and the Chairman of a new global movement for 2023 event, Sen. Ben Obi, has urged Igbo people to unite to fight the course, saying that power is not given but struggled for.
Obi listed four hurdles that the people must cross to achieve the desired result.
He said that the political class from the zone must speak with one voice and persuade political parties to allow the presidential slot to the area.
To. Succeed, he presented and said the igbos must
1. Form a Bridge across the zones. To get the supports.
2. Only a political party can sponsor a person. The two major parties must zone their PC to SE. In 1999 SW did.
3. Mobilise the people to be on the same page and
4. Consults with major stakeholders across the zones.
“I pledge to reach to all. Thank you”. Sen Ben Obi
Former Gov. Chukwuemeka Ezeife of Anambra has said that the people of
South-East geopolitical zone will go on their knees to beg other zones,
if it becomes the condition to actualise their ambition to produce the
next president in 2023.
The project, which was initiated by one Kennedy Iyere, is to ensure an
Igbo man emerges the next president of Nigeria.
The former governor regretted that southeast remained the only zone to
produce a president since the return of democratic rule in Nigeria.
He appealed to other geopolitical zones to support the clamour for a
president from the southeast in 2023 for fairness, equity, and justice.
“We are using this medium to call on people like Alhaji Bola Tinubu and
others from the north nursing the presidential ambition to have a
rethink,” Ezeife said.
A former Minister of Women Affairs, Mrs. Josephine Anineh, said that it
was imperative for other zones to support the agitation by the southeast
to produce the next president.
According to her, any person that is opposed to the zone producing the
next president in 2023 does not wish Nigeria well.
The Convener of the summit, Mr. Kennedy Iyere, said though he came from Edo, he decided to champion the course for equity and political
stability of the nation.
Iyere said that the group would attract national and global interest to
achieve the project.
Other prominent Igbo personalities at the event were former Minister of
Aviation, Dr. Kema Chikwe, who shared her many bridges to cross and asked few questions and presented some characteristics the person should have such as:
A. Genuine aspiration
B. Communal venture and not selfish one
C. Counting on others and seek support
D. Gender and youth factors must be considered
E. Sound educational background and Intl cloud.
F. Must have made a mark by himself or herself not by govt.
G. Positive legacy builder.
H. There will not be a nation if there is no nation.
I. Compassion for every single person and protects all.
J. Fear of God.
Others are governorship aspirant in 2021 poll in Anambra, Chief Goodwin Ezemo, Dr Ezechi, Mzee Azu Godson, Dr. Tanko Yunusa, Mr. Chris Isiguzo, Dr. Nnanna Igwe amongst others. (NAN/BEN)
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