We Will Join Kanu To Fight For Biafra If South East Doesn’t Get Presidency In 2023 ― Nwodo
Following the call by an elder statesman, Alhaji Tanko
Yakassi, for Igbo presidency in 2023, the former national chairman of
the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Dr. Okwesilieze Nwodo, has declared
that Ndigbo would join Nnamdi Kanu, to seek Biafra secession from
Nigeria if South-East does not produce the president of the country in
Nwodo, who was also the former governor of Enugu State and national
secretary of PDP said that Ndigbo has suffered grievous marginalization
in Nigeria and should be given a chance to produce a president for the
sake of equity and national unity.
He said this during an exclusive interview with Vanguard on Tuesday,
adding that the South-East geopolitical zone has been persecuted for
over 50 years even though the region is more patriotic than any other
geopolitical zone in terms of economic development of the nation.
“Yakassi’s call is very fair and that is the correct
thing. In the first republic, the country was led by Tafawa Balewa, in
the second republic, it was led by Shehu Shagari.
And then, those of us in PDP made a very strong case to move the
presidency to South East, because even the military people were all from
the north, apart from Aguiyi Ironsi who presided over for a very short
“We managed to convince them at the party and Olusegun Obasanjo and
Alex Ekwueme contested. That was when Obasanjo won and after his tenure,
he handed power to another northerner, late Alhaji Musa Yar’Adua who
unfortunately died in office and the Vice president completed the
President Muhammadu Buhari will complete his eight years in office by
2023. Following equity, the presidency should come to the South-East
because Obasanjo was president for eight years, now Yemi Osibanjo is
also the vice president and would finish his eight-year tenure by 2023.
“So, in Southern Nigeria, it would be a total disaster if we do not
produce the next president because we have been terribly marginalised
since the end of the civil war.
For 50 years now, we have been persecuted for having fought for
freedom. When will this marginalisation stop? Anybody who loves Nigeria
and who wishes Nigeria well should go for Igbo Presidency in 2023 for
unity, fairness, equity and for Nigeria to move forward.
“It is only an Igbo man who will not marginalise any part of Nigeria
because we constitute the semen that hold the country together.
We are the only tribe that you find in every nook and cranny of
Nigeria; doing business and developing wherever they are as if it was
their own place.
“I don’t believe that the Igbos are not united, there has never been a
time when any region produced a consensus candidate, everybody emerged
through primary elections.
The last election was zoned to the north and Atiku Abubakar contested
with other aspirants before he emerged PDP’s candidate, so did Buhari
contest with other candidates before emerging the candidate of the All
Progressives Congress, APC.
There is no zone that has produced a candidate by consensus. It
doesn’t matter how many people are interested, they will be subjected to
party primaries and the person with highest vote will win.
“I agree with Nnamdi Kanu in everything he says about the
marginalisation of the Igbos. He, more than any other person has put it
on the international map.
If Nigeria tells the elites from South East that they would be
treated as second class citizens in Nigeria, and that they can never be
president, almost all of them will go with Kanu to fight for Biafra.
Anybody who wants to be a second-class citizen can support whoever he
wants. Any Igbo man who wants to bequeath secured future for himself
and generation yet unborn should support this call for Igbo presidency.
In the spirit of fairness and equity, Nigeria should give the
presidency to South East in 2023, otherwise, we will join him and fight
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