Mr. Ohanaeze Ndigbo has sent words to the former vice president and contestant of the last presidential election, Abubakar Atiku to join forces with the Igbos to choose Nigeria’s next president in the coming election in 2023 and not contest.
Mr. Ndigbo is a member and leader of the apex Igbo socio-political organization and the Deputy Publicity Secretary of the organization, Mr. Chuks Ibegbu in an interview with Daily Post said Atiku should not contest but rather join forces with the Igbos.
If we can recall, Atiku’s son, Abubakar Adamu made a statement about his father running in the next presidential election which sparked up a bit on the internet.
It was Adamu’s declaration that prompted Mr. Ohanaeze Ndigbo through Ibegbu to say;
“We are practicing democracy and every Nigerian is free to aspire to be president of the country including me as long as they are qualified.
“However, the issue is that we are talking about fairness, equity, and justice. The North has had its fair share, the South also have had their’s, so it’s now the turn of the Igbo’s to have their fair share.
“So for justice, equity and fair play, it’s the turn of the Igbos to produce Nigeria’s president.
“My friend Isa Funtua once said Nigeria’s presidency is not turn by turn but it’s not true. Since 1956 till now it has been turn by turn, the North, Southwest, Niger Delta have had their turn now it’s the turn of Igbos.
“In as much as Atiku is free to advance his political course, but based on justice and equity, he should support the Igbos in producing Nigeria’s next president.
“We supported him in 2015, so this is the time to show statesmanship politics by supporting us.
“In case he contests but I think his conscience should direct him that it is not fair and justice enough for him to contest against us in case they are pushing him or he’s pushing himself.
“I believe Atiku will see reasons with us at the right time.”