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Politics of Wednesday, 22 June 2022


Presidency: Peter Obi will actualize Igbos dream in 2023 – Nwodo

Okwesilieze Nwodo Okwesilieze Nwodo

The former national chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Okwesilieze Nwodo, has said that Mr. Peter Obi, of the Labour Party could actualize the dream of South Easterners by winning the Presidential election in 2023.

Nwodo, who was a governor of Enugu State equally said that the Igbos would not remain political slaves serving other geo-political zones in the country.

While expressing disappointment on the PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, for denying the Igbo aspirants their presidential tickets, he lambasted some Igbo politicians who abandoned their brother-aspirants to campaign for their counterparts from other zones in their parties.

He added that this is a period of political alignment and negotiations for the Igbos in order to find a platform to actualize their political dreams and remain relevant in Nigeria politics

“Igbos will not remain political slaves serving other geo-political zones in Nigeria. I know that politics is dynamic. This is a period of political alignment and re-alignment for the Igbo politicians so that our common interest can see the light of the day.

“The Igbos would be looking for allies who can meet their irreducible minimum to remain part of Nigeria's political system. While they look for that in the major political parties, they have a big plan B in other parties. I know that the two important Igbos would be on the ballot paper for their political parties. The one that is most promising is Mr. Peter Obi, of the Labour Party. Dumebi Kachikwu, the younger brother to the former Minister of State for Petroleum, Ibe Kachikwu, also secured the ticket of African Democratic Congress. So, if we do not get anything from APC and PDP, we can get something through other political parties.

“So, this is a period of negotiations, alignment and re-alignment. The Igbos will not just give up like that. We are not happy about how we were treated by APC and PDP, but the game is still on, it is not the end of it yet. I am happy that we have alternatives to remain relevant in Nigeria politics.

“For those of us who have been campaigning for southeast presidency, we are not happy that some of our leaders in PDP and APC didn’t join in this struggle. If you are talking about two PDP Governors in South East who campaigned for South-South aspirants, what about the Senate Majority Whip, Orji Ozor Kalu, and Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, who campaigned for Ahmed Lawan, when we had strong aspirants from South East in their parties? Our Igbo political leaders didn’t do well this time, especially when they knew that it was the turn of southeast to produce a president for the country in 2023, ” he said.