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From all indications, the expectation for an Igbo President in 2023 is fast fading away, as the two major political parties enter into crucial stages of political permutations and negotiations.
In the All Progressive Congress Congress, Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi is already lamenting and alluding to the fact that the ruling party may not zone its presidential ticket to the South East. On the other hand, the Peoples Democratic Party does not seems to favour the region in its 2023 permutations.
In essence, there may not be an Igbo president in 2023, except something radical happens.
But one thing that has become evident based on reports coming out of both camps is that the reason why Igbos are losing out in the politics of 2023 is that the Northern region has refused to support them.
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In a recent report in Vanguard, a top PDP chieftain from the North East disclosed that the Fulani will not support a South East candidate at this point.
So why are the Northerners reluctant to support the Ndigbos to become President? And what can the South East do to get Northern support in her quest to produce Nigeria's President in 2023? This article will highlight two major things Ndigbos can do to get North support towards producing Nigeria's next president.
Deliberately work towards reviving old alliance with the North to get her backing for 2023
Recall that within seven years after the civil war an Igbo man emerged Nigeria's Vice President in the person of Dr Alex Ekweme and Chief Edwin Ume Ezeoke was also elected Speaker of the House of Representatives. Those were made possible because of the robust alliance between the South East and the North. But as soon as the South East lost its alliance with the North, its political fortune declined. This largely explained why an Igbo person is yet to become President decades after.
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There is a need for Igbo leaders to reach out across the isles and engage in robust constructive engagement with the North towards winning her trust and support to help Ndigbo climb to the highest political office in the land.
This is imperative because the North holds the aces in Nigeria's election because of its high voting population. It will be almost inconceivable for an Igbo to become president without the support and collaboration of the North. So indigo must revive her alliance with the North.
Stop the Biafra Agitations and Commit to the ideals of one Nigeria
To the honest, this is not going to be a walk in the park, but it has to be done if the South-East must get the North to support her to become President in 2023.
The North will likely not support or even engage with any entity that wants Nigeria to break up. As far as the North is concerned, the unity of Nigeria is not negotiable. Igbo leaders must find a way to prevail on Indigenous People of Biafra to either disband or find a more civil way to make their grievances known.
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For example, they can seek constitutional channels to press home their demands. But if they don't change and they continue to call for Biafra, the North will be sceptical of an Igbo President.
Do you have any other suggestions that could help Ndigbos get northern support? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below. While you are at it, also like and share the story so that others can comment too.
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