With less than nine months to the 2023 general elections, a chieftain of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-political organisation, Chuks Ibegbu, has said that PDP’s Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar will get Igbo backing should he consider the Southeast for running mate.
Naija News understands that there are assertions that the Wazirin Adamawa is considering picking his running mate for the 2023 presidential election from the Southeastern region.
Ibegbu who spoke with Daily Post said the Southeast had resolved that presidency is all they want at the moment. He said if Atiku however chose to pick his running mate from Igbo land, which is not what they planned for, he will get their support.
The former Deputy Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo said the southeast would have to make deep consultation if Atiku opts for an Igbo man.
“Atiku is at liberty to pick his Vice President from anywhere he likes, including the Southeast. Even if he wants to pick his running mate from Adamawa, no problem. Our people made up their minds that it’s the Presidency they want from the onset.
“We have occupied the Presidency, Vice Presidency, Senate President, and we are saying this is the right time to have political equity by allowing the Igbos to produce Nigeria’s President,” Ibegbu noted.
According to him, until that time comes when Nigerians would not mind where the Presidency comes from and build an inclusive society that thinks more of merits, then things will be the way they are.
Ibegbu added: “Atiku picking his running mate from Igbo land is not what we planned for, but politics is a game of possibilities, so we can’t rule out such possibilities. And like I said, it’s not yet over as there are other possibilities. Still, if Atiku says he wants somebody from the Southeast to be my running mate, we won’t reject because politics is a game of possibilities.
“Our people will come back to analyze, dissect, digest, and know the implications. Don’t forget that there are people from the other side saying we don’t want to be part of this injustice in Nigeria.”
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