Afraid that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar could be a ‘clog in the wheel’ of an Igbo person aspiring to become the President in 2023, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has urged the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election not to contest in that poll.
The group’s president-general, Okechukwu Isiguzoro, made the appeal in a statement on Friday.
He urged Atiku to maintain the “gentleman’s” agreement on power rotation and show maturity by ignoring calls to contest in the 2023 election.
Isiguzoro, who expressed optimism that power would shift to the South in 2023, urged the two leading political parties, the All Progressives Congress and the PDP, to zone their tickets to the South.
“The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide is confident that power will definitely shift to the South and we are urging the 2019 PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, not to yield to pressure to battle for the 2023 PDP ticket. He should show maturity and reciprocate the gesture of the Igbo in 2019 by supporting a President of Igbo stock in 2023.
“The PDP and APC should zone their tickets to the South in 2023 as a way of respecting the principle of rotational presidency, which is the best ingredient that has stabilised the unity of the country and deepened our democracy since 1999.
“Any further attempt to thwart this gentleman’s agreement will further fuel distrust, enmity and agitation of marginalisation. For equity and justice to reign, the South-East will be the only zone favoured for the 2023 Presidency,” he said.
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