In the wake of the 2023 presidential zoning and where the next president of Nigeria should come from, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressive Congress, (APC), Joe Igbokwe, has said that Igbo candidates cannot be trusted as the next president of the country.
Igbokwe, who stated this yesterday in an interview programme, said that nobody is going to vote for people who would use the same position to divide Nigeria.
Igbokwe, who acknowledged that the South-East geo-political zone has indeed suffered “injustices” in the country, adding that in “everything we share in this country, we get the least”, noted that despite the “injustices”, violent agitations and killings were not the way to press for justice, equity and fairness.
The chieftain, however, urged President Buhari to facilitate the creation of one more State to make states in the South-East six similar to the other geo-political zones in the country.
Speaking on blood-letting in the South-East region, Igbokwe lambasted the members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and other secessionists in the geopolitical zone, saying they are going about their agitation in a wrong manner.
He alleged that the proscribed IPOB members are supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), adding that the secessionists began agitations to leave the Nigerian entity after the PDP lost the 2015 presidential election.
The party stalwart said that only the PDP is currently campaigning in Anambra ahead of the November 6 governorship poll while other parties are allegedly being attacked.
He knocked Igbo leaders, who he accused of being ‘thirsty’ that the zone produces a President in 2023, saying they should wake up and do the politicking and make friends in the other five geo-political zones to achieve their goal.
As the 2023 general elections draw nearer, there have been intense political posturing, permutations and fireworks, especially as the eight-year regime of Buhari, who is from Katsina State, winds down.
The clamour for an Igbo president has since resonated with some 18 months to the general elections. The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, has been consistent in its demand for an Igbo president in 2023.
The 17 Southern governors had also met twice in the year and demanded power shift to their region, while the 19 Northern Governors also met last week and opposed such move, noting that the candidate with the highest votes will emerge as president in the next general elections.