In a statement signed by the OYC President-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, on Friday, 16th August 2019, the group insisted that El-Rufai only made that call because he was blinded by his ambition to become president.
Ohanaeze Youths pointed out that El-Rufai’s presidential ambition was doomed to fail due to the prayers of Southern Kaduna Christians. The statement partly reads:
“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council cannot ignore the recent statement by Governor el-Rufai, who is blinded by his ambition to become president by championing the abolishment of zoning formula and the gentleman’s agreement that had existed between North and South since 1999.
“For posterity’s sake, we wish to remind Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, that Christian prayers from Southern Kaduna alone will never allow him succeed in his presidential project.
“Governor el-Rufai was a major beneficiary of the zoning arrangement in the 2015 governorship election in Kaduna and now he wants to thwart the glaring opportunity for a Nigerian President of Igbo stock to emerge in 2023.”