Group warns Govs Ikpeazu, Ugwuanyi against plot to present Wike as Igbo president

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The Eastern Union Intervention and Conflict Resolution Committee, ICRC, has warned political parties against featuring any none South-Eastern aspirant as consensus presidental candidate from South-East.

In a statement by His Lordship, Bishop Prof Uwanaka, the group warned the two Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Governors of the South-East, Governor Okezie Ekpeazu of Abia State and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State against any attempt to circumvent the Igbos by their so-called consensus candidate of the Rivers State Governor, Nysom Wike.

The group in its statement advised the two governors to drop their idea of prompting Wike as PDP’s consensus candidate for 2023 presidential election.

According to the group, the governors should not undermine the mandate given to them in 2015 by the generality of the Igbos in their states and see it as opportunity to sabotage the common interest of the Igbos.

The group stated that the idea to sell the Igbo right to another geo-political Zone is sabotage.

The group insisted that even though the two governors of Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, the Governor of Enugu State and Okezie Ekpeazu the Governor of Abia State have rights to support whosoever they preferred, they have no right to veto who the South East will present.

“It’s on record that Nigeria still operates six indirect and unofficial Geo-political zones system of administration but powered through 36 States and Abuja as Federal Capital territory. Four of the regions – Southwest, North-East, South- South and currently North West have tasted Presidency since 1999 since this current dispensation of democracy started.

“This time by every barometer and human justice everyone agreed it should go to South. Before now both South West and South South have had their turn and it is only fair that the South-East to have their turn come 2023 presidential election.

“So it’s the resolve of EU that only a South-Eastern of Enugu, Imo, Anambra, Abia and Ebonyi should collectively be supported to present candidates from all the Political Parties that shall be acceptable to Ndigbo for the 2023 Presidential election,” the statement read.

According to the EU, as long as Nigeria operates zoning political system, South East deserves their turn after the order of four other regions of South West, North-East, South- South and currently North West have tasted presidency since 1999.

The group said is now the turn of the South-East to produce the president in 2023 presidential election.

The group therefore, resolved that only a South-Eastern of Enugu, Imo, Anambra, Abia and Ebonyi should collectively be supported to present candidates from all the political parties that shall be acceptable to Ndigbo for the 2023 presidential election.

“It’s on record that Nigeria still operates six indirect and unofficial geo-political zoning system of administration but powered through 36 States and Abuja as Federal Capital territory.

“Four of the regions – Southwest, North-East, South- South and currently North West have tasted Presidency since 1999 since this current democratic dispensation

“This time by every barometer and human justice everyone have agreed it should go to South. Before now, both Southwest and South-South have had their turn and it’s only fair that the South-East have their turn come 2023 Presidential election.

“So it’s the resolve of the EU that only a South-Eastern of Enugu, Imo, Anambra, Abia and Ebonyi should collectively be supported to present candidates from all the Political Parties that shall be acceptable to Ndigbo for the 2023 Presidential election.” The group stated.

Agreed that everyone, including Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi the Governor of Enugu State and Okezie Ekpeazu the Governor of Abia State having rights to support whosoever they preferred.

The group called on Ikpeazu and Ugwuanyi to give their individual votes and that of their families to whomsoever they wish but should not talk of consensus, adding that they have no right to talk on behalf of Ndigbo of the South-East in such capacity.

“When EU concludes every consultations, we shall take a stand as to who we shall officially support and be presented as the candidate in the 2023 presidential election irrespective of the person’s political party.

“Whoever is calling another person from any other zone to take the place of South-East is seriously beating the drum of anarchy because anyone presented to replace a core South-East candidate shall be resisted,” the group said.

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