The search for an Igbo president in 2023 took a new turn on Monday, September 14, when the Umunna Lekki Association (ULA) released a list of potential candidates from the five southeast states.
Young entrepreneurs from Igboland living in the Lekki, Ikoyi, Banana Island, Victoria Garden City (VGC), and Victoria Island axes of Lagos State formed the Umunna Lekki Association (ULA), which declared their willingness to assist the Igbo Presidency idea with their cash.
ULA presented a list of famous Igbo sons and daughters capable of turning the country’s fortunes around in a statement signed by President Ikem Umeh- Ezeoke yesterday, September 15.
Ngozi Okonjo- Iweala, Enyinnaya Abaribe, Orji Uzor Kalu (Abia State); Peter Obi, Charles Udeogaranya, Ben Obi, and Henry Okolie- Aboh, among others, have been shortlisted by the group.
Governor Dave Umahi, Ogbonnaya Onu, Anyim Pius Anyim (Ebonyi State); Geoffrey Onyema, Barth Nnaji, Nnia Nwodo Jnr, Ike Ekweremadu (Enugu State); Emeka Ihedioha, Rochas Okorocha, Kema Chikwe, and Humphrey Anumudu (Enugu State); and Em (Imo State).
The organization also stated its purpose and willingness to donate billions of naira to the two main political parties, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the statement (PDP), ” if they nominate Nigerians of Igbo extraction to fly their flags in the 2023 presidential election. ”
GOVERNOR UZODINMA REVEALS APC’ S POSITION ON IGBO PRESIDENCY IN 2023
Meanwhile, as JoseyWrites previously reported, Hope Uzodinma, the governor of Imo state, noted, Nigerians, particularly APC members, are not necessarily seeking an Igbo president.
Governor Uzodinma remarked that the populace is yearning for a competent Nigerian leader, regardless of tribe or origin, just hours after President Muhammadu Buhari paid a one-day business visit to Imo.
The southeast governor stated that the ruling party would choose a flagbearer before the 2023 general elections and that the decision would be binding on all members.
He went on to say that the APC’s choice will be impacted by both covert and overt elements.
SOUTHEAST GOVERNOR SAYS IT IS TOO EARLY TO DISCUSS IGBO PRESIDENCY, GIVES REASON
Meanwhile, Dave Umahi, the governor of Ebonyi state, has claimed that calls for an Igbo president in 2023 are premature and distracting.
He made this statement to newsmen after meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday, September 6, at the Presidential Villa, according to leadership.
Governors from the Southeast and the APC were instructed by Umahi to concentrate on initiatives that would benefit their state, area, and the country as a whole.
” Well, for me, I’ m very much interested in completing my projects. And I will look into politics when my tenure is remaining one year, which is from May 29, 2022. And I think it is the same thing with other governors of South East and by extension, governors of APC. ”
Governor David Umahi had previously stated that the Igbo will need God’s anointing to produce the president of Nigeria in 2023, according to Premium times.
He went on to say that there has been an uptick in calls for President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor to emerge from the country’s southeast.
According to Umahi;
” We need God’s anointing for our own anointed president for the interests and unity of this country. ”
UMAHI TO ‘ FEEL BAD’ IF APC DOESN’T GIVE SOUTH- EAST OPPORTUNITY
On August 30, Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi, declared that if the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not offer the southeast a chance at the presidency, he will feel awful.
On Friday, August 30, Umahi claimed this during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
” The heartbeat of the people of the South- East is that they should be given a chance whether in the PDP or the APC for Presidency of this country for the reason of equity, fairness, and justice, ” he said.
” I took that position in the PDP and one of the reasons why I took that position is because the South-East people have supported the PDP all the way and they have never been allowed to do that.
” If I follow APC for this length of time, and they don’t give the southeast an opportunity, I will feel bad.
” I will feel bad if I stay the same length of time as I did in the PDP and that happens. But I can’t say what I will do. It depends on what God places in my mind, ” he added.
Governor Umahi defected to the APC in November 2020 after years in the PDP.
APC GROUP SEEKS BUHARI’ S SUPPORT FOR SOUTHEAST
Meanwhile, the South East Mandate (SEM), an APC organization, appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, September 1 to make the process of picking a presidential candidate from the region easier ahead of the 2023 general elections.
In the spirit of justice, equity, and good conscience, the organization also invited other Nigerian political parties to yield their presidential ticket to the southeast.
Senator Julius Ucha, the group’s convener, told journalists after their last meeting that lack of trust, latent fear, suspicion, and prejudices were some of the things holding the southeast back in Nigeria’s political equation, but that the trend was about to change.