The national youth wing leader of the Igbo socio-cultural and political organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Damian Okafor has called on Igbos to work together if the 2023 dream of an Igbo president will be actualized.
According to him, it is the time for the southeast region to speak with one voice and produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor.
Okafor spoke on Tuesday in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital when he and others from the group inspected some of the projects executed by the administration of Governor Dave Umahi in the state.
He observed that the call for Igbo presidency transcends political divides and the people of the region must not allow the opportunity to pass them by, adding that all stakeholders must be brought on board for everyone to work for the realization of the dream.
He said: “The South East geo-political zone cannot afford to miss the opportunity of 2023. It is time to speak with one voice. I am happy that as we speak, Igbo leaders are united in their quest for Nigeria president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
“All our political leaders, both in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are also saying ‘give us 2023, it’s our turn.’ This shows that the South East is ready to speak with one voice irrespective of political differences to ensure equity and justice.
“Let me use this opportunity to appeal to our governors, National Assembly members, traditional rulers and all leaders of the zone to consider organising a political summit for us to discuss how to go about reaching out to other zones concerning the presidency.
“This is not the time to sit down and be waiting; expecting political manna to fall from heaven. We must speak with one voice this time.”