As 2023 is fast approaching, the speculation about the potential presidential candidates of major political parties in Nigeria is spreading on a daily basis.
While the former Lagos State Governor, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been predicted to become the APC flag bearer during the general election, the Vice President, and State Governor, Kayode Fayemi have also been said to be interested in the highest political post.
Unfortunately for all the South- West politicians, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Director General of Voice of Nigeria (VON), Mr Osita Okechukwu, has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari is silently in support of the Southeast presidency over other regions.
Daily Trust reported that Mr Okechukwu made this known while with newsmen on Sunday in Abuja, stressed it will be better if the Indigenous People of Biafra also support a President of Igbo extraction.
His words, ” Mr President and host of other Nigerians are silently in support of Nigeria president of Igbo extraction 2023 project but are weary and reticent of IPOB stance. Therefore, in my little opinion, IPOB support of our project will kill two birds with one stone. ”
He added that the main reason for the agitating for an independent nation by the IPOB is Igbo marginalization and Igbo Presidency is the only solution to the problem.
He added, ” My understanding of IPOB agitation is to end Igbo marginalization. If that is the case then our 2023 Nigeria president of Igbo extraction will be the end of the civil war. Nigerians are waiting for IPOB to change gear. ”
Recall that the apex Igbo organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo in July supported that resolution of the Southern Governors that the next President must come from the Southern region.
Secretary- General of the group, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, urged Igbo politicians to start consultation ahead of the primary elections of the major political parties.
” Ohanaeze Ndigbo is on the same page with the Southern Governors Forum resolution that the next president must come from southern Nigeria in 2023. We are calling on Igbo presidential hopefuls to boldly commence consultative outreaches across the federation.