2023: Ohanaeze rejects Atiku’s single-term proposal, vice presidential slot

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has rejected former Vice President Atiku Abubakar’s proposed single four years tenure if elected as president in 2023.

The apex Igbo social-cultural group described Atiku’s proposal as a hoax.

Recall that Raymond Dokpesi, an ally of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, had said the former vice-president would govern Nigeria for a single term if elected as president.

Dokpesi vowed to go naked if Atiku fails to hand over to the Igbos after his tenure.

Reacting, Ohanaeze Secretary-General, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, said the remark was a collective disrespect to people of the South-East. He also declared that Igbos will reject the vice-presidential slot, stressing that the region should be allowed to produce a president in 2023.

In a statement, Isiguzoro recounted how Atiku rejected a single-term offer from Igbo elders in 2019.

“Atiku Abubakar’s refusal to adhere to a written request from Igbo elders for a Mandela option of a single tenure in 2019 will continue to haunt his 2023 presidential ambitions; instead, he replied to Igbo leaders in 2019 with his then 6-year economic blueprint for Nigeria (2020-2026), which was a clear understanding of having the ambition of a two-term as president if elected.

“This evidence is now contradictory to the recent request from Atiku’s ally for South-East’s support, as no force can thwart the 2023 Igbo Presidency Project with a vice-presidential offer to the South-East, which is not feasible, as there will be a power shift from the North to the East in 2023”, he stated.

Also, the President-General of the group, Prof. George Obiozor, while urging President Muhammadu Buhari to continue his policy of national healing and reconciliation to the end, said the South-South and South-West had produced presidents and vice presidents since 1999 with the Igbo left out.

According to Obiozor, during these periods the Igbo had totally supported the presidential aspirations of other southern regions, represented by Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan, respectively, but that in the spirit of equity, justice and fairness, the presidential tickets of all political parties should be zoned to the South-East, while the South-West and South-South should support the South-East zone.

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