Lists Onu, Obi, Okoroacha, Ngige, among capable hands
BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – A political pressure group, Igbo for President Solidarity Congress (IPSC) says agitations in the South East geo-political region will effectively shut down by the emergence of Nigeria’s next president from the zone come 2023.
This is as the group also listed about 11 prominent names of Igbo extraction that are capable and qualified to gun for and occupy the highest office in the land at the next general elections.
Speaking to newsmen in Abuja, IPSC President, Dr. Olukayode Oshinariyo said the surest antidote for Biafra agitation is to endorse and support the right individual of Igbo extraction to emerge the country’s President in 2023.
According to the group, among the capable hands to drive the Igbo Presidency project are incumbent Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu; Minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr Chris Ngige and former Anambra state governor and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Vice Presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, Peter Obi.
The group further listed candidates capable of succeeding President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 as Governor Dave Umahi of Ebonyi state, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state, Senators Orji Uzor Kalu, Ike Ekeremadu, Rochas Okorochas, Eyinnaya Abaribe, and
Ifeanyi Uba as well as the former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Deputy Governor, Professor Kingsley Moghalu,
The IPSC President however maintained that this lofty aspiration will only be achieved if the South-East geo-political zone embraces the path of peace and unity in negotiating for the coveted seat.
Dr Oshinariyo said; “In the actualization of this laudable vision, IPSC National Working and Technical Committees were inaugurated with two members from each of the six-geo political zones.”
It explained that the IPSC Technical Committee has now submitted its report after a diligent inquiry into nominated personalities from the South-East Zone of Nigeria.
He further said; “Our integrity sheet is the outcome of an independent integrity examination of these personalities. These 11 distinguished South Easterners were selected via a process of diligent scrutiny premised on education, experience, medical fitness, age qualification, public and private service record, network of friends in the six geo-political zones, campaign fund capacity, level of corruption, and level of popularity in Nigeria.”
Dismissing perception in the public space that lack of cohesiveness and unity of purpose among the Igbo ethnic nationality remain their albatross in political ascendency, IPAC boss said; “Ndigbos are more concerned and committed to unity, peace and progress of Nigeria. Majority of South Easterners believe that it is cheaper to clinch Nigeria Presidency than to secure Biafra Republic.
“We must not abuse the peripatetic nature and striking enterprise of Ndigbo, as they are well prepared and coordinated to actualize the dream of Igbo man or woman as Nigerian President 2023.”
On the plans to achieve their set targets, Oshinariyo said; “We would use diplomatic and persuasive approach to realize our goal and vision. We believe in just and egalitarian society.”
Furthermore, he said the Congress plans to engage in consultations across the six geo-political zones, adding that this will include visitation to Emirs, Obas, Ezes, Obis and Chiefs to discuss and examine the characters and integrity of the eleven nominated personalities from the South East region.
“After the final selection, we would solicit adoption of this candidate by front line registered political parties. Our congress will collaborate with groups and associations with similar objectives and vision”, Oshinariyo assured