As the clamour for a president from the south-eastern part of Nigeria in 2023 intensifies, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has advised his people who what they must do to get that long dream realised in the next general elections.
The former governor of Anambra State in an exclusive interview with The Sun highlighted the following conditions;
1. All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) must collapse their party into the All Progressives Congress (APC).
2. Igbo leaders must build political bridges across the country.
3. Ndigbo must be properly integrated into the mainstream politics by identifying with the two major political parties in the country.
4. Ndigbo must lobby other other ethnic groups and must do some political reengineering.
5. Ndigbo must shop for and prepare a credible candidate that will be generally accepted by Nigerians.
“Those who say they are in APGA should collapse and come into the mainstream politics of Nigeria.”
“If APGA wants to help Ndigbo as they pretend or as they mouth or tout, they have to realign and come into the mainstream Nigerian politics. We have to go and reinforce in the two political parties.
There is still time for the Igbo to re-strategise, and we have to start now. That is what I am saying.
“Ndigbo will need to go and resuscitate their firepower; shop for a credible candidate, prepare him the way Zik (Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe) was prepared and blessed when he came back from abroad.
“Baptise the candidate very well, and then present him before other Nigerians. It’s a game of numbers.
We have to court other Nigerians to give us support. You must court them. That is the game.
“You must lobby. You must do some political reengineering. For today, we are not getting it right as Ndigbo.
“If we start today to get it right, it is still on time. Igbo have to identify with the two main political parties.
“They must identify with both. But for now, the party with firepower to win presidency at any given time because of its areas of support in Nigeria federation is the APC.
“So, Ndigbo should join the APC. Some of us are there. We are not stupid to be there. We know what we are doing,” Ngige said.