The group stated this while reacting to a comment made by Adeseye Ogunlewe, a former minister of works, who said the south-east has a “problem of leadership”.
Ogunlewe claimed that South-East cannot produce the 2023 presidency because they lack unity. He noted that an “Imo person, an Enugu person, an Ebonyi man will not listen to themselves”.
Reacting in a statement issued on Friday, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, the secretary-general of Ohanaeze, called on Nigerians to ignore Ogunlewe, whom he claimed was “suffering from ‘mouth diarrhea”.
Survival Of Nigeria Lies On Igbo Presidency
Isiguzoro noted that “2023 is not about South East but the repair of a country sinking deep into the abyss of disintegration and insecurity”.
“Ordinarily, we would have ignored the man suffering from mouth diarrhoea, but we call on Nigerians to ignore him, as 2023 is not about southeast but the repair of a country sinking deep into the abyss of disintegration and insecurity.
“Ogunlewe is not speaking for “Omo Oduduwa or Yoruba nation”, men and women of morality from the southwest are supporting and canvassing for the 2023 Igbo Presidency, not the 2023 Southeast Presidency, the difference between the former and latter is what the likes of Ogunlewe may not comprehend easily.
“The survival of Nigeria beyond 2023 lies in the fact that every section of the country had tasted the Presidency except the IGBO, and attempts by the fifth columnist to coax and intimidate a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction is the quickest route to disintegration and an unending secessionist movement in Nigeria.
Igbos Are United In Pursuit Of 2023 Presidency
Ohanaeze said the Igbo are united in its aspiration for the 2023 presidency, adding that a lot of consultative meetings and backstage activities are ongoing to convince Nigerians of the need for the Noble Project.
“We are clamouring for Igbo Presidency, not southeast Presidency, whether an Igbo from Niger Delta or Benue or Kogi or southeast emerges in any major political party, we will identify with him and support him.
“Contrary to Ogunlewe’s claims, Igbos are united in the pursuit of the 2023 Presidency, for the first time since the return of democracy in 1999, a lot of consultative meetings and backstage activities are ongoing to convince Nigerians of the need for the 2023 Igbo Presidency Project.
“Igbo leadership is at the forefront of this Noble Project, and Igbo Presidential hopefuls are putting finishing touches on 2023 Presidency, surely we hope Ogunlewe will jump the ship immediately IGBO succeed President Muhammadu in 2023. Nigerians are yearning for an Igbo in Aso Rock by 2023.”
KanyiDaily recalls that Abia State Governorship aspirant, Alex Otti had declared that Igbo presidency would not solve the problem of Nigeria.