Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo weekend warned that any attempt to deprive South East geopolitical zone of its only opportunity to rule after Jonathan’s tenure as president would be resisted, saying that it is high time the Igbo nation ruled Nigeria.
This came following a recent statement by the former Governor of old Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, who insisted that it was the turn of Ndigbo to produce the president of country come 2015, urging the people to work hard to make the dream a reality.
Addressing newsmen at a press briefing in Lagos, the newly elected National Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Prince Osita Oganah, declared that Igbo Presidency was not negotiable and, therefore, called on the Igbos to begin to make preparations ahead of 2015.
He said: “As soon as President Goodluck Jonathan leaves office, be it 2015 or 2019, it is the turn of Ndigbo to take over power. Every part of the region has had its slot in government except the South East. It is only fair to ensure a level playing field for all regions.
“After the South East might have had its slot at the Presidency, we can then begin to vote on merit. It is unfortunate that politics in Nigeria is run on tribal tripod. However, since that is the exigency of the moment, there is nothing we can do but to get our share for the sake of justice and equity. For the Igbo, we must sit down and organise ourselves to know who will represent us.”
While calling on aggrieved members of the group who might have been provoked by actions of the group’s past leaderships to forget about the past for the common interest of the Igbo’s and support the newly elected Chief Garry Igariwey- led executives, Osita urged them to get ready for the big task ahead.