The apex Igbo socio-political organization, Ohaneze Ndigbo has urged former presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to support the Igbo presidency rather than contesting for the no. 1 position yet again after haven lost to President Muhammadu Buhari In the 2019 elections.
Ohanaeze’s Deputy Publicity Secretary, Chuks Ibegbu speaking on behalf of the organization was reacting to remarks by Atiku’s son Abubakar Adamu that the former Vice President would run for Presidency again in 2023 after previously failed attempts.
Adamu, who is the Adamawa State Commissioner for Works and Energy had said: “In 2023, my father will be aspiring to the number one office in the land because he has been an astute, strategic, master politician for almost four decades.”
According to Ibegbu: “We are practicing democracy and every Nigerian is free to aspire to be president of the country including me as long as they are qualified.
“However, the issue is that we are talking about fairness, equity, and justice. The North has had its fair share, the South also have had their’s, so it’s now the turn of the Igbo’s to have their fair share.
“So for justice, equity and fair play, it’s the turn of the Igbos to produce Nigeria’s president.
“My friend Isa Funtua once said Nigeria’s presidency is not turn by turn but it’s not true. Since 1956 till now it has been turn by turn, the North, Southwest, Niger Delta have had their turn now it’s the turn of Igbos.
“In as much as Atiku is free to advance his political course, but based on justice and equity, he should support the Igbos in producing Nigeria’s next president.
“We supported him in 2015, so this is the time to show statesmanship politics by supporting us.