August 6, 2021 1:27 am

2023 Presidency: Who will run from Southeast?

Although maximum of the Southeast politicians presently believed to be nursing presidential ambition in 2023 have come out to deny being concerned in electioneering campaigns, Associate Editor, Sam Egburonu, reports that the look for a possible President of Nigeria in 2023 from the Southeast region has received extra recognition
Although 2023 presidential election in Nigeria is still years away, it has been determined that a few aspirants and involved geo-political zones have raised their game in a bid to clinch the selection function.

One region that has been at the vanguard in the quest is the Southeast sector, that is telling whoever cares to concentrate that it’s miles the turn of the sector to provide the subsequent president of the u . S . A ..

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural agency, has led many different establishments and top politicians to make case for the Igbo and for the Southeast sector particularly. Just late December, the then outgoing President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo, stated of the sector’s quest, “this is a democracy; human beings are free to say what they want. But what’s critical is how the will of the country might be distilled to make certain that there’s justice. Nobody here’s a 2d-magnificence citizen and Ndigbo are not. So it’s miles our flip in 2023.” He stated this in Nnewi at the general public presentation of the respectable biography of the town’s monarch, Igwe Kenneth Orizu, entitled The Peace General, authored through Azuka Onwuka.

Another top baby-kisser that currently insisted it is the flip of the zone is Hon. Simon Atigwe, the lawmaker representing Igbo-Eze North/Udenu Federal Constituency of Enugu State.

He lately told journalists in Abuja that “If equity should come to play, it isn’t disputable; it’s miles the turn of Southeast. If it involves the South and it doesn’t visit the Southeast, then there need to be a totally serious purpose. I don’t think every body can proffer such purpose to persuade humans easily. I don’t suppose all people has that motive that it need to no longer go to the Southeast.”

Notwithstanding the verbal demand for the 2023 Nigerian president of Igbo extraction, The Nation research suggests that it is still difficult to identify an aspirant this is decided enough and prepared enough to win the presidential ticket of any of the leading political parties. Close observers of both the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main competition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said that as at this weekend, the aspiration of most of the recognised politicians from the Southeast sector stays on the speculative degree. “Do now not be swayed with the aid of the noise; I can inform you that in the ruling APC, no Southeast aspirant’s hobby has long gone past media speculation. You can say years remains a protracted manner to head, but I can guarantee you that during other geo-political zones, I, for one, can point at a few severe and absolutely organized aspirants for the birthday party’s presidential price tag. I am but to identify any from the Southeast. So, why should I be part of the agitators to mention it’s miles the turn of the Southeast,” requested Dr. Fredrick Mba, a political analyst in Lagos.

Mr. Dominic Egbe, a rights activist and PDP supporter additionally confided that even in the PDP, it is dubious if all and sundry can say for sure that a selected aspirant from the Southeast has built sufficient shape and followership ahead of the 2023 presidential contest. “Ordinarily, one might expect the PDP to hand over its 2023 presidential ticket to the Southeast quarter, given the energy of the celebration within the sector, but from what’s going on and the reports that the North may additionally nevertheless hang on the celebration’s ticket in 2023, it seems Southeast qualified aspirants aren’t enthusiastic sufficient to come out for the price ticket. I need not inform you that energy isn’t always given. You will should call for for it and contest for it earlier than it would be left for you. That is the manner it works. But you’ll agree with me that even the Southeast top politicians that have been related to the hunt so far have all denied it. Yes, that can be comprehensible in view that that is just 2021, but we all understand that anyone that critically need to preside over Nigeria in 2023 have to via now have verifiable shape and followership. Presidency is a severe count. I am yet to look such an aspirant in the PDP from the Southeast,” he stated.

Game of denial
Since 2020 while observers began bandying viable aspirants for the pinnacle role from the Southeast zone, without a doubt they all have made haste to deny the suggestion.

As some distance lower back as August 2020, a political association, the Igbo for President Solidarity Group (IPSC), became specific when it listed about 11 politicians from the quarter it considered suit to contest for the office of president in 2023.

According to the association, “IPSC has come to the conclusion that during 2023, a man or woman of Igbo extraction turns into the president of Nigeria.

“IPSC will have interaction in consultations across the six geo-political zones, visitation to Emirs, Obas, Eze, Obi and chiefs, to speak about and have a look at the characters and integrity of the 11 folks cautioned,” the group said.

Some of the politicians cautioned by means of the association are Dr. Ogbonaya Onu of Ebonyi State, former Gov. Peter Obi of Anambra, Dr. Chris Ngige of Anambra, Sen. Rochas Okorocha of Imo; Gov. Dave Umahi of Ebonyi, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu of Abia; Sen. Ike Ekweremadu of Enugu, Sen. Enyinnaya Abaribe of Abia; Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu; Sen. Andy Uba of Anambra and Prof. Kingsley Moghalu of Anambra State.

Besides such precise mention, it’s far discovered that nothing tangible has been seen round maximum of the mentioned aspirants to indicate they’re absolutely within the race. Even the maximum seen of the alleged aspirants had officially denied pointers linking them to such quest.

This drama of denial trailed the politics of the sector inside the ultimate sector of 2020 and peaked mid-January, 2021 whilst the former Senate President, Anyim Pius Anyim, denied authorizing posters bearing his image and name as a 2023 presidential aspirant.

Powered via a group referred to as Nigerians Ask for Anyim with Facebook and Twitter names as piusanyim2023 and with www.Nigeriaask4anyim.Org as its website, the marketing campaign posters, tagged Progress 2023 with the picture of the previous Senate President and former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, lighted the political scene as soon because it flooded the social media.

But even though the said Nigerians Ask for Anyim 2023 campaign company is claimed to be championed by means of a former House of Representatives member in Ebonyi State, Anyim hastily disassociated himself from it..

In a assertion he in my opinion signed, Anyim stated even though he is inquisitive about jogging for president in 2023, the time for campaign has now not come.

As he places it: “My attention has just been attracted to posters and testimonies circulating within the Social Media. One of them has the inscription “Progress 2023 Anyim Pius Anyim for President…” with my picture on it;

“I want to country very emphatically that I do now not have a hand in the ones posters or campaign and did no longer authorise the sort of guides.

As a regulation-abiding citizen, I am completely aware that it isn’t the time for the marketing campaign for 2023 elections.

“The authorities at the federal level has spent only a 12 months and 7 months out of four-12 months term, grappling with troubles of governance and so ought to not be distracted”.

Anyim therefore charged the general public to push aside such posters and or courses.

Also, when Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC) final year, the instances surrounding his motion introduced to the fore the touchy trouble of who could suceed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 and if APC could quarter its presidential ticket to the Southeast in 2023.

This changed into specifically due to the motives Umahi gave for his defection and choice of political celebration to enroll in. It could be recalled that Umahi had alleged that one of the motives he determined to unload the PDP become because the celebration became no longer making plans to pick its 2023 presidential candidate from the Southeast, which has yet to provide a president considering that democracy become restored in Nigeria in 1999.

Describing the celebration’s action as “insensitive and insincere,” Umahi argued that “for the sake of justice, equity and fairness, the area must be allowed to take a shot on the presidency” on the grounds that, in line with him, “other areas have accomplished so.”

As the Chairman of the Southeast Governors Forum, Umahi’s utterances attracted interest of political observers and diverse stakeholders. Many concluded that Umahi has presidential ambition and probably had the belief that he might receive APC price ticket. He however taken aback many whilst he denied harbouring plan to be a beneficiary of his agitation for Southeast’s flip to supply the President. He as a substitute said he changed into organized to be the “sacrificial lamb.”

As he puts it: “It is absurd that due to the fact 1999 going to 2023, the Southeast will in no way be taken into consideration to run for government under the PDP. And that is my role and could stay my position. It had nothing to do with me or my ambition.

“I need to clean the air that I by no means sought PDP presidential price ticket and I will now not. So whoever said that I moved to APC because they refused to region the price ticket to me is being very mischievous.”

Anyim and Umahi aren’t the simplest top Southeast politicians that have denied posters advertising them as 2023 presidential aspirants.

Former Governor of Anambra State and the Vice Presidential candidate of PDP within the last presidential election, Mr. Peter Obi, additionally had to accomplish that in 2020.

When a campaign poster circulating on-line associated the former Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), vice presidential candidate, as contesting along former Governor Rabi’u Kwakwanso ahead of 2023 presidency, he directly denied having a hand in the book of such poster.

The marketing campaign poster, which surfaced on line, has Obi jogging for president at the same time as Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Kano State Governor is his walking mate.

The slogan on the marketing campaign poster reads: “For equity and fairness 2023” with Obi and Kwankwaso going for walks for government at the PDP platform in 2023.

In his reaction, Obi, the former Anambra State governor, denied involvement in the poster.

Obi in a quick assertion on his Twitter page wrote: “I am not a part of the poster being circulated – PO.”

Even the former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, had comparable experience. When a poster, additionally circulating on social media, purporting that he could run for the vice presidential role with the Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal as his presidential candidate, he said it became false.

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