On Friday, the Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) warned the All Progressive Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) against denying the Southeast geopolitical zone presidential tickets, warning that if the zone is denied a ticket, there will be a total lockdown in Igbo land on February 25, 2023, the day of the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
It announced this in a press release signed by its National President, Igboayaka O Igboayaka, and National Ag. Secretary-General, Comrade Ifeanyi Nweke.
The group said,”there will be no access road to distribute electoral materials in any polling unit in Igbo land. If the powers that be in Nigeria can’t give the Southeast presidency that which is duly our turn to rule the country like other extractions of the country have been given fair chances, then Igbos will peacefully have no other option than to leave this union called Nigeria.
“We want to use this medium to advise Ndigbo living in the Northern parts of Nigeria to immediately start taking their security very serious if APC and PDP deny Southeast presidential aspirants and make adequate arrangements for their return back home.
“The world should bear in mind that this orchestrated conspiracy against Southeast is overdue, we cannot take it any longer as the struggle for the emancipation of our people starts now.
“For the western world, we’re aware that Ndigbo are their bread and butter, little wonder they aid incompetent people to govern Nigeria and Africa at large, so we can remain at their mercy. It is evidently clear that the hope of Africa lies in Nigeria, while the hope of Nigeria lies in Ala-Igbo and to liberate Nigeria lies in Nigeria President of Southeast extraction in 2023.
“The experiences of the South-east and how the region has been treated since the end of the “1966-1970 Genocide” suggests that the Southeast is not part of Nigeria.
“The issue of ministerial appointments is just to say, it’s tokenism to Ndigbo whose technocratic expertise is unequalled in Nigeria. What we get are certain ministerial appointments and that suggests tactical exclusion from the main running of Nigeria.
“The Southeast is not considered for ministerial appointments into Defense, Works, Power and other sensitive ones. Even when we are appointed into Education our highly learned people are made subordinate ministers.
“A laughable case was when Professor Anthony Anwuka was a junior minister to someone whose academic experience is miles away from that of the Professor. Appointments such as Inspector General of Police, Immigration Comptroller, Director of DSS, Chief of Naval Staff and so on are not meant for Igbos. To this effect, Southeast wouldn’t be part of such country with lopsided appointments anymore.”
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