Chukwuemeka Ezeife, a former governor of Anambra state, has declared that the people of the southeast geopolitical zone would go on their knees to beg other zones to have Igbo presidency in 2023.
Vanguard reports that the Igbo chief made this known on Monday, October 5, in Awka during the launch of the global movement for president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
Ezeife regretted that southeast remained the only zone to produce a president since the return of democratic rule in Nigeria.
He appealed to other geopolitical zones to support the clamour for a president from the southeast in 2023 for fairness, equity, and justice.
“We are using this medium to call on people like Alhaji Bola Tinubu and others from the north nursing the presidential ambition to have a rethink.
In his speech, the chairman of the event, Senator Ben Obi, urged Igbo people to unite to fight the course, saying that power is not given but struggled for.
Obi listed four hurdles that the people must cross to achieve the desired result.
He said that the political class from the zone must speak with one voice and persuade political parties to allow the presidential slot to the area.
Also speaking, a former minister of women affairs, Josephine Anineh, said that it was imperative for other zones to support the agitation by the southeast to produce the next president.
She said that any person that is opposed to the zone producing the next president in 2023 does not wish Nigeria well.
Iyere, who is the convener of the summit, said though he came from Edo, he decided to champion the course for equity and political stability of the nation.
He said that the group would attract national and global interest to achieve the project.
Other prominent Igbo personalities at the event were former minister of aviation, Kema Chikwe, and governorship aspirant in the 2021 poll in Anambra, Chief Goodwin Ezemo, among others. NAN
It was reported that he said that zoning of the presidency must continue till the southeast gets the presidential ticket and after that, candidates based on other criteria can be allowed to take over the leadership mantle.