Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the highest Igbo socio-cultural group, has formed a committee that will travel throughout the country to meet with various Emirs and Obas in order to gain support for an appeal to their people in political parties to select Igbo candidates for the 2023 presidential election.
Obi Chukwuemeka Udodeme, the president of Ohanaeze Ndigbo in Anambra State, spoke as a presidential aspirant on the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, Professor Peter Umeadi, who formally informed the leadership of Ohanaeze of his aspiration, said the Igbo were leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the next president of Nigeria is an Igbo for the sake of equity and justice.
Udodeme expressed concern over reports that the two major political parties were considering presenting candidates from the northern part of the country at a time when the majority of Nigerians believed the presidency should be zoned to the southern half of the country.
According to him, the Ime Obi Ohanaeze, Ohanaeze Ndigbo’s highest decision-making body, will gather in Enugu on May 5th, 2022 to make major choices about the Igbo presidency in 2023.
He praised Umeadi, the former chief judge of Anambra State, for submitting himself to serve Nigeria at the highest level following his distinguished career in the judiciary.
In his address to the public, Umeadi promised to run the country with firmness and fairness, repositioning Nigeria on the path of progress, harmony, and prosperity.
“Uppermost in my mind is how to reconcile with ourselves across the length and breadth of our dear country, Nigeria. It is not possible for us to achieve economic, educational, scientific, sporting, or sufficient breakthroughs when we are hungry, insecure, and unstable.
“Nigerians are traumatized on daily basis from wanton killings, displacements, disorganization of business and social life with attendant difficulty to sustain economic, commercial, and domestic life. These are issues on the front burner as we progress to the polls for the office of the President of the Federal Republic 0f Nigeria on 25/2/2023. With all modesty, I have the initiative and capacity to reposition Nigeria in four years if I am elected as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023.
“My antecedents and mettle guide me to step out with the triple banner of the Rule of law, Separation of Powers, and Due Process, which should engender security for life and property, economic revitalization, and prosperity, which in itself represents a fulfilled and happy life. These issues should be at the core of our rejuvenation as a nation.
“We know that insecurity amongst other fallout has driven our people away from the farms, creating artificial scarcity of food and earning power. We live with the dilemma of funding and even making long-term plans on camps harboring internally displaced persons (IDP) when the country is neither at war nor struck by a major natural disaster.
“In a place like the southeast, it has become normal not to work on Mondays stemming from circumstances of nationhood and inclusiveness for which other channels of rapprochement are available, but are not utilized. It has long become a risk to travel by road, which now extends to the sea, rail and air! People are kidnapped easily and huge ransoms are demanded and paid through the established communication grid and existing financial system.
“I look forward to a Nigeria where justice would reign for all citizens irrespective of tribe or status. The bulwark of my presidential bid is predicated on popular votes at the polls by a majority of Nigerians. We should respect the ballot. We should canvas and sustain free and fair elections. Let only the valid votes count. I hope Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide and the Anambra State chapter would remember that it has a duty to engage in vigorous voter education to ensure that all eligible voters who are 18 years and above register to vote and obtain their permanent voter’s cards”.