Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, Millennium Centre for Training and Leadership (MCTL), a think-tank group, has named southeast political leaders that have the capacity to emerge the president.
The Nation reported that the three prominent Igbo political leaders the group named for the seat are Dr Ogbonnaya Onu, the minister of science and technology, Peter Obi, former Anambra governor, and Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
Reliable Source gathers that the group said the three listed political leaders could win the presidential ticket of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) or the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
2023: Group names Peter Obi, Soludo, Ogbonnaya Onu for Igbo president. UGC The MCTL made its position known via a statement on Monday, September 22, by its president, Prince Okey-Joe Onuakalusi.
The group argued that zoning the presidency to the southeast would foster a sense of belonging in the region and end alleged political marginalisation. Earlier, news had it that the minister of labour and productivity, Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige, said that the 2023 Igbo presidency project was realisable.
The minister said this in an interview with Daily Sun published on Thursday, August 20. Ngige, however, said he would not want to dwell so much on it since the incumbent, President Muhammadu Buhari, was yet to complete the first half of his second tenure.
In another related report, a group identified as South-East Youth Leaders (COSEYL) has called on former Lagos state governor and All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, Bola Tinubu, to jettison his rumoured plan to succeed President Buhari.
Leaders of the group urged Tinubu to support the emergence of a president of Igbo extraction in the 2023 presidential polls.
The group said everything short of electing an Igbo as president in 2023 would be regarded as a rejection and asking Igbo to leave Nigeria. Similarly, a former governor of Imo state, Rochas Okorocha, has hinted his interest to run for the presidency in the 2023 presidential election
Okorocha said that his motive for the post is based on the need to deal with the issues of insecurity, poverty and the return to national unity.