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By Edward Etuka

The clamour for Igbo Presidency is beginning to gather momentum as the South-East zone is set to ascend to power in the next presidential election in 2023.

Feelers from all over the country suggest that if the South-East puts its house in order the pendullum will swing towards the region who are predominantly Igbo.

Our findings revealed that despite the vast agitation for the presidency in 2023 by different Nigerians of  diverse ethnic and political parties. There is a general consensus that it is now ripe for an Igbo presidency. This permutations and expectation is borne on the premise that since the return to civil rule in 1999 the South-west Zone produced  Chief Olusegun Obasanjo,while late Musa Yar-Adua was elected in 2007 fr om the North-East {Katsina State} and by a stroke of luck, President Good Luck Jonathan from the South-South emerged after the death of his boss President Musa Yar-Adua.    This development , political watchers reasoned that it will only be logical and rationale for power to shift to the South-East who  have always cry of marginalization and being the third ethnic group in Nigerians deserves to be given the opportunity to have their share of presidential power.

  Observers believed that since power is already in North with the President Muhammdu Buhari and likely completion of a two term by the All Progressive congress produced president .Nigerians are earnestly seeking for an Igbo  president in 2023.

Meanwhile there has been various shades of  opinion over this trend which has caused a lot  of disagreement from different groups individuals and in April, 2019 the National President of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, Alh. Bello Bodejo came under severe  attacks by frontline progressive Nigerians over his comment that the North will retain presidency beyond 2023.

Bodiyo then categorically told southerners,particularly the South-East and others jostling to succeed president Muhammadu  Buhari to forget it.

Reacting on this development former Minister of Foreign Affairs and PDP member, Chief Dubem Onyia said the only way to safeguard the country is to allow the presidency to return to the South in 2023  “If they want this country to disintegrate,then let them make good of their statement,the unity of Nigerians is pivoted on rotation of power,”he said. 

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