Chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, is not relenting in his advocacy for an Igbo president in 2023. Iwuanyanwu, a PDP board of trustees member, has stated that the Igbo political class will unite and ensure a southeast president emerges in 2023. He stated this at the 81st birthday celebration of a four-time senator, Chief Arthur Nzeribe, in Imo state. “When you come to the south, the south-west and south-southern part of the country have both produced presidents. It is therefore the turn of the south-east to produce the president of this country, come 2023 in the interest of equity and fairness. This is non-negotiable,” he said.
Iwuanyanwu, who recalled the strong case made by Nzeribe for restructuring of Nigeria as overdue, extolled the call by the celebrant for the Igbo presidency. There have been loud calls for power shift to the southeast in 2023 and Iwuanyanwu has been one of those in the forefront of the advocacy.
Recently, a former president of the Ijaw National Congress, Prof Kimse Okoko, has said that for the sake of unity of Nigeria, no other region should contest the 2023 presidency with the Igbo. Okoko said the push by some northern politicians for the region to retain power is provocative, even as he called for Nigeria to be restructured along the lines of true federalism before 2023. Meanwhile, a northern elder, Dasuki Nakande, has advised the southeast people of Nigeria to warm their way into the hearts of the other regions of the country in order to stand a chance to produce the next Nigerian president in 2023.