Ahead of 2023 general elections, a Northern political group has on Saturday June 5, 2021, called on other regions in the country to support a president of Nigeria from the Southeast, insisting that the two major political parties should zone its tickets to the region.
The group, noted that its position was borne out of the “need to keep Nigeria United beyond 2023 and consolidate the country’s gains amidst the security and economic challenges.
In a press statement in Borno by its National Coordinator, Alhaji Isa Ibrahim and National Secretary, Alhaji Abubakar Shehu, the group insisted that the Southeast should produce the next president to balance the culture of presidency between the North and South which has helped to douse the political tension in Nigeria.
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It also appealed to the two major political parties, the All Progressives Congress ( APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to zone their tickets to the South East hoping that Chief Whip of the Senate and Former governor of Abia state , Senator Orji Uzor Kalu clinches the ticket for the APC while former governor of Anambra state, Mr Peter Obi clinches that of the PDP
The group expressed its full support for Orji Uzor Kalu considering his national acceptance, economic expertise and understanding of Nigeria
They appealed to other zones to back Kalu as the new face of Nigeria in Southeast’s quest to produce Nigeria’s first citizen in the next political dispensation.
They added that “the right thing after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure is to have a president of Nigeria from the Southeast. And since Southwest and Southsouth have occupied the office in the current dispensation, the Southeast is next in line in the spirit of justice, fairness, rotation principle and equity.
“This will bring an end of the acclaimed marginalisation of the Southeast. This will foster national unity and also bring to a close the bitterness of the 1967 civil war which has lingered for more than 50 years”, the group added.
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