Chief Raymond Dokpesi, Chairman Emeritus of DAAR Communications Plc, believes that Nnamdi Kanu, the incarcerated leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB)separatist, ‘ s actions could jeopardize the South- East region’ s chances of producing Nigeria’ s president in 2023.
Dokpesi stated in a statement released on Monday that he believes in a united and indivisible Nigeria.
The rise of IPOB and its influence in the South- East, he said, ” has complicated and hindered the campaign for patriotic Nigerians of Igbo extraction to lead our nation in the 2023 election. ”
If an Igbo President is elected, Kanu says he will employ militant tactics to blackmail and force the President to declare the South- East of Nigeria independent.
” On Biafra’ s surrender to Nigeria, Yakubu Gowon stated ‘ no Victor, no Vanquished, ‘ but plainly, since then, the areas that have chosen leadership have utilized this against the South- East, denying Igbos the opportunity to govern, ” he remarked. Should that be used against today’ s South- East leaders and sons? Certainly not!
” In the recent past, I have publicly supported and called for a Southeastern presidential candidate, but the advent of IPOB and its impact across the South- East has complicated and damaged the agitation for patriotic Nigerians of Igbo extraction to lead this country in the 2023 election. ”
” If no one has told Ohanaeze Ndigbo before, the fear today from some other regions is that if Nnamdi Kanu plays the role of Aguiyi Ironsi in leading a militant revolt against constitutional government in the South- East under Igbo presidency, the president will be pressured by his base to facilitate UN processes for the South- East to declare independence from Nigeria. ” As a result, an Igbo President may be compromised in maintaining Nigeria’ s political and geographic borders while the country is still threatened by IPOB’ s secessionist actions.
I’ m just a messenger, so don’ t shoot me. It’ s unjust, because neither the South- South, the South- East, nor the North- East have enough votes to decide the presidency on their own. We must deal with other regions, and when significant leaders express such concerns based on historical and current conditions, it seems to me that the South- East will not be trusted with the presidency in 2023. It suggests to me that the leaders of the South- East have not done enough to deal with and resolve the threat posed by IPOB to their ambitions to rule Nigeria. Why and how to change this narrative is a matter for South- East leaders and politicians to answer, but you can see and understand why the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must take a realistic, pragmatic, and strategic approach to supporting the North- East for the presidency in 2023.
” In Atiku Abubakar, the South- East has not only a friend and a detribalized Nigerian who understands the pains, frustrations, and genuine aspirations of the people of the South- East, but also a believer in the restructuring of Nigeria, which is both necessary and critical to the growth and development of Nigeria in general and the minority regions in particular, both in the short and long term. ”
” By backing Atiku Abubakar from the North- East to victory in 2023, the power rotation in Nigeria will have completed a full cycle, and I believe that the movement for a South- East presidency will be better accepted and appreciated by the incumbent and other regions in subsequent elections after 2023. ”
” As a result, I have no intention of offending the South- East or any of its illustrious sons who are more than qualified to lead our country. ” In the fourth republic, the South- South and South- East areas have already produced PDP presidents, giving us 14 years in the presidency, compared to only two years in the North.