Although most of the south east politicians currently believe to be nursing presidential ambition in 2023 have come out to deny being involved in electioneering campaigns. Associate editor, Sam Egbounu reports that the search for a possible president of Nigeria in 2023 from the south east has gained more popularity.
Although 2023 presidential election is still two years away, it has been observed that some aspirant and interested geopolitical zone have raised their game in a bid to clinch the choice position.
One zone that has been at the forefront in the quest is the south east zone, which is telling who ever cares to listen that it is the turn of the zone to produce the next president of the country. Ohaneeze Ndigbo the apex Igbo socio cultural organization has led many other organizations and top politicians to make care for the Igbo and for the south east zone in particular.
Just late December, the then outgoing president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief Nnia Nwodo said of the zone’s quest “This is a democracy, people are free to say what they want. But what is important is how the will of the nation will be distilled to ensure that there’s justice. Nobody here is a second class citizen and Ndigbo are not. So it is our turn in 2023” he said this in an interview at the public presentation of the official biography of the town’s monarch Igwe Kenneth Orizu, entitled the peace general authored by Azuka Onwuka.
Another top that recently instituted it is the turn of the zone is Hon. Simo Atigwe, the lawmaker representing Igbo eze north/Udens federal constituency of Enugu state. He recently told journalists in Abuja that “if equality should come to play, it is not disputable; it is the turn of southeast. If it comes to south and doesn’t go to southeast, then there must be a serious reason. I don’t think any body can proffer such reason to convince people and I don’t think anybody has a reason why it should not go to south east.”
Not withstanding the verbal demand for the 2023 Nigerian president of Igbo extraction, the Nation investigation shows that it is still difficult to identify an aspirant that is determined enough and prepared enough to win the presidential ticket of any of the leading political parties.
Close observer of both the ruling parties APC and PDP said that in the ruling APC, no south east aspirant’s interest had gone beyond social media speculation. You can say two years is still very far but I can assure you that in other geopolitical zones, I for one can point out some serious and fully prepared aspirant for the party presidential ticket. I am yet to identify any from the south east. So why should I join the agitators to say it’s the turn of the southeast asked Dr Fredrick Mba a political analyst in Lagos.
Mr Domine Egbe, a rights activists and PDP supporter also confided the even in the PDP it is doubtful if anyone can say for sure that a particular aspirant from the south east has built structure and followership ahead of the 2023 presidential contest.
But in all, ten candidates from south east have been tipped to take over the presidency in 2023.
As the conversation on who takes the mantle of leadership from president Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 gets more momentum an If group has shortlisted ten people who can wrestle for 2023 southeast presidency.
The group, coalition of southeast youth leaders ( COSEYL) made it’s resolution know after it’s national executive council meeting in Owerri, the Imo state capital.
Speaking on behalf of other members, COSEYL president general Goodluck Ibem and the secretary Kanice Igwe declared that Igbo presidency is non negotiable come 2023.
The coalition leader said that it has set up an Igbo Presidential Actualization Committee (IPAC) which came out with names and numbers of prominent sons and daughters of the region who can view for presidency after Buhari’s tenure.
Among those suggested as creditable candidates are governor Dave Umahi of Ebony state, renowned economist Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, former governor of Anambra state and current senate chief Whip Orji Uzor Kalu.
Others are Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain, Peter Obi, former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) professor Kingsley Moghalu, former Senate deputy president, Senator Ike Ekweremadu and present Minister for science and technology Ogbonnaya Onu also made the list.
The coalition states that after deliberation, it came out with names of former education minister Oby Ezekwesili, former minister of aviation Kema Chikwe, Chief Onwuasoanya, and Chile Eboe-Osuji who is a judge of the international court in hague.
Meanwhile, massive political reactions have continued to trail call for former president Goodluck Jonathan to return to power.
In a reaction Area consultative forum (ACF), the apex sociopolitical group in the north said it will wait for the political parties to choose their candidate. Although it maintained that it is a political, the forum said it would throw it’s weight behind any candidate based on the interest of the north.