Okwesilieze Nwodo, a former governor of Enugu State, said on Wednesday that Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s presidential candidate, is a bright prospect who can realize the region’s 2023 goal.
Nwodo forewarned that Ndigbo will cease to be political serfs to other geopolitical regions of Nigeria.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) and certain local politicians under the PDP and APC bemoaned the failure to support the Igbo presidency, according to the former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He went on to say that it is regrettable that people like Orji Uzor Kalu and Hope Uzodinma backed a northern candidate to win the APC’s presidential nomination.
The former Governor said, “Igbo will not remain political slaves serving other geo-political zones in Nigeria. I know that politics is dynamic. This is a period of political alignment and re-alignment for the Igbo politicians so that our common interest can see the light of the day.
“The Igbo would be looking for allies who can meet their minimum to remain part of Nigeria’s political system. While they look for that in the major political parties, they have a big plan B in other parties. I know that the two important Igbo candidates would be on the ballot paper for their political parties.
“The most promising one is Mr Peter Obi, of the Labour Party. Dumebi Kachikwu, the younger brother to the former Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, also secured the ticket to the African Democratic Congress. So, if we do not get anything from APC and PDP, we can get something through other political parties.
“So, this is a period of negotiations, alignments and re-alignments. The Igbo will not just give up like that. We are not happy about how we were treated by APC and PDP, but the game is still on. It is not the end of it yet. I am happy that we have alternatives to remain relevant in Nigerian politics.
“For those of us who have been campaigning for South-East presidency, we are not happy that some of our leaders in PDP and APC didn’t join in this struggle. If you are talking about two PDP Governors in South East who campaigned for South-South aspirants, what about the Senate Majority Whip, Orji Ozor Kalu, and Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, who campaigned for Ahmed Lawan when we had strong aspirants from South East in their parties? Our Igbo political leaders didn’t do well this time, especially when they knew that it was the turn of South-East to produce a president for the country in 2023.”
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