Ahead of the upcoming 2023 presidential election and the Southern governors' unshaken decision that the next president of the country after President Buhari must come from the South, the Northern Governors Forum had in a meeting convened in Kaduna State yesterday countered the resolution of their Southern counterparts on the future of the 2023 election.
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In the same vein, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo apex socio-cultural group has come out today in a report from Sahara Reporters to condemn the recent statement of the Northern governors as regards the upcoming 2023 presidential election.
Ohanaeze in a speech which was delivered through its Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu described the resolution of the Northern governors as selfish while threatening that if a Northern President replaces Buhari after 2023 that they (Ohanaeze) will be forced to throw their weight behind the ongoing agitation in the Southeast for the disintegration of the country.
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At this point, I found it necessary to draw the attention of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo as it now seems as if they are rapidly growing impatient by the day.
Firstly, Ohanaeze must recognize the fact that threatening to support the separatist group seeking for the disintegration of Nigeria should a Northern President replace President Buhari in 2023 wouldn't solve the problem on ground, neither will it guarantee them the opportunity to produce the next president of the country, because the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) had already made it clear that they wouldn't be intimidated or compelled to hand over power to a Southerner come 2023. Thus Ohanaeze's threats to support separatists if a Southerner fails to take over power come 2023 doesn't hold water.
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However, everything all boils down to politicking because although the North has the major population when it comes to winning elections, they would still need the support of the South to meet the basic criteria of electing a credible president as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution as Amended, and the same thing goes to the South.
At this juncture, the only way Ohanaeze could be able to achieve their dreams of the Igbo presidency is to start lobbying their fellow Northern elders since most of the decisions being reached by the Northern governors are mostly under the opinion of these Northern elders.
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