South-South Leader and first republic Commissioner of Information, Chief Edwin Clark has declared that the South East should be supported to produce the next president in 2023.
Chief Clark made the declaration when the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo and some South East leaders led by the President General, Professor George Obiazor paid him a visit at his Asokoro residence, Abuja.
According to Chief Clark, though there are some Igbo in Rivers and Delta state, the slot should be exclusively for Igbo candidates from any of the South-East States.
He said it is “abominable” for any Igbo person from outside the South East to contest from the presidency now that it is the turn of the Igbo.
“We are supporting the South East region. Anybody from from Midwest, anybody from Oshimili South and North, Aniocha South and North, Ika, Agbor or Ukwani, if you say Iam ready to be the President of Nigeria because I am an Igbo, that is punishable because when you do something that people don’t like, it is abominable.
“I have said it, all the Igbos in Anioma, Rivers, in Delta, where ever they are, this is the time for Igbo , South East President. We have the same problem, when we went to the 2014 National Conference, we said that the South East has five states, they should be given additional states so that everyone will have some states like in other zones if that will stable Nigeria, create them.
“We want the President coming after Buhari to come from the South East, we are together.
While assuring the people of the South East of the support of the South-South zone, Chief Clark said the people of the two zones have always been on the same page on national issues even before independence in 1960.
He added that the era of divide and rule is over as the people of the two zones will no longer allow anyone to fool them again.
“The era we have reached now is that we have agreed to work together, how do we go on, how do we move on? I think that is the stage we have reached.
“I don’t belong to any political party, but I speak my mind. The man who brought politics into Nigeria was late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, I knew him when I was twenty years when he visited Warri, we tracked twelve miles to come and see him. Some of the problems we are having today in Delta was as a result of the support for Azikiwe and without that, we would not have got the Midwest region that later became Bendel State and now Edo and Delta States. We are together, we are one.
“Let me advise, if you must fight a war or fight for anything at all, we must put our house in order. What do we do with other voices that are not in tandem with our voices? We must find a way to see what can be done, they have their own point, but at the same time, they should also listen to us.”
Earlier in his remarks, the President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo Worldwide, Professor George Obiazor said, “today, what we need is to synergize among ourselves, the day we will do it, history will change. We all know that we have the same kind of problems.
“Honestly, you cannot hate one of us and like the other side. For people who tell us that they will like people in the South-South more than the South East, or they will use one against the other, the time is over. You can fool people for some time, but not forever. What we are facing today is light at the end of the tunnel. I don’t know who does not believe in one course.
“The national question is the issue that requires a different kind of solution and resolution. The more you apply violence and military tactics to it, the more the country is factionalized, the more the country is fictionalised, the more ethnic militia groups and eventually leads to what is called the synchronised national crisis and the rest is history and inevitable disintegration.
“We should start doing something to address the problem. I urge the Federal Government to reconsider the use of force, I want the Government to conspicuously impress the values of Justice, Equity and fairness as its true sense so that Nigeria will face clear ease of unity. It is time for the government and the people to start the process of healing. Nigeria is in agony and pains, it is time for national healing.
The President General of Ohaneze was accompanied during the visit by his Majesty, the Obi of Obinugwu, Imo State, Dr. Cletus Ikechukwu Ilomuanya; Ohaneze Secrerary General, Chief Okey Emuchay; Senator Ben Obi; Chief Onyema Ugochukwu; Prof. A.B.C. Nwosu; Chief Dubem Onyia; Chief Guy Ikoku; Hon. Goddy Nwazurike, among others.
Also present to join Chief Clark in receiving the Ohaneze leaders were former Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Obong Victor Attah; former Minister of Police Affairs, Alaowei Broderick Bozimo; Senator Bassey Henshaw; Ambassador Godknows Igali, among others.