Group vows to resist attempt to deny South-East presidency in 2023
By Yolamchi Ukaga, Aba
People of the South-East region of Nigeria will resist any attempt to deny the region the opportunity of producing a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023, Coalition of South East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) has warned.
COSEYL, a socio-political youth organisation in the South-East in a statement, signed by Hon. Goodluck Egwu Ibem, its president general and Comrade Kanice Igwe, secretary general, stated that Ndigbo by all standards, have highly qualified persons for the plum job.
They observed that time for the South-East region to produce a Nigerian president is overdue, stressing that people of the region have sacrificed, worked and waited patiently for the plum job and cannot accept any form of excuse this time.
“It is an undeniable fact that Ndigbo have been more committed to the development and economic advancement of the country and deserves to be supported, by other geopolitical zones to occupy the number one office in the country”.
COSYEL noted that the orchestrated plot by some persons to jettison zoning of the presidency, now that it is the turn of the South-East to produce a Nigerian President in 2023, is a declaration of political war against Ndigbo.
According to the group, ‘It is a calculated attempt to relegate to the background, all the sacrifices and political investments made by Ndigbo, towards the progress of the country and we will resist it”.
They urged all political parties in Nigeria, including the two leading parties of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to zone their presidential tickets to the South-East region, if they have the unity and progress of Nigeria at heart.
It is not only an insult to the people of the South East, it is also a total chicanery of the zoning principle that has been the hallmark of our national politics since 1999 and more pertinently a deception of Ndigbo, who have invested their all since the return to democratic government.
They stated that rotation and zoning principle is enshrined in the constitution of the PDP, noting that article 7 (2) (c) of the PDP constitution states ” In pursuance of the principle of equity, justice and fairness, the party shall adhere to the policy of rotation and zoning of the party and public elective offices, and it shall be enforced, by the appropriate executive committee at all levels.
The group argued that the North has produced the president for uninterrupted two terms and in all fairness, power has to move South, specifically to South-East, in the spirit of equity, fairness, rotation and zoning, which has been the practice since the return to democracy in 1999.
They appealed to the other five geopolitical zones of Nigeria to support the South-East, having benefited from the unalloyed support of the region all this time.