‘It is naive to think Igbo will produce Nigeria’s president in 2023’ – Chekwas Okorie


Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, Chekwas Okorie, has said that neither Ohaneze Ndigbo nor its President-General, John Nnia Nwodo, could determine when Igbos should give Nigeria’s presidency a shot.

According to him, the presidency should be open to everybody and Igbo people were not shying away from it.

Against that backdrop, Okorie said it will amount to political naivety for Igbos to think that their turn to produce Nigeria’s President will be 2023.

He told Vanguard newspaper: “I can tell you with every authority that there is nowhere Igbo sat and had any meeting, not to talk of whether they agreed or not to support Buhari.

“The Umbrella body of Igbo people remains Ohaneze, and the President-General had overreached himself sometimes when he said that the turn of Ndigbo would be 2023 and I am sure he received disapproval from so many prominent Igbo leaders and young ones. And he has not repeated that statement or retracted it, but it is not the position of Ohaneze or Ndigbo.

“It will be political naivety for any Igbo man to think that it will be the turn of Ndigbo at any given date in the future. Political power is not given. It is struggled for. It is taken.

“So, the Igbo people have to do what is necessary and reach out to other political parties to project any Igbo person to run for president. Our position is that the presidency of Nigeria is open to everybody and Igbo people are not shying away from it.”


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