Do the South Easterners really know what they want considering their present condition in the political landscape of Nigeria since 1966? The Nigerian people know that “what is good for the goose is also good for the ganders” by allowing Southeast person to become the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria comes 2023.
This, according to a statement signed by the National Coordinator, South- East APC Presidency Project 2023, Dr. Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu, will give a serious sense of belongings to them and also help to halt some grievances that are risings up from the geopolitical zone as a result of been marginalised.
While insisting that the South East APC Presidency Project 2023 is more for Africa and Nigeria than it is for South East Nigeria or any individual of South East Extraction, the National Coordinator said, “No one should make any mistake about it: at least 95% of South-Easterners, given what we have been through in Nigeria since 1966, would rather be independent of Nigeria than Nigerians.
“But in the collective socioeconomic and political interest of all ancient African peoples in all modern African countries, about 5% of South-East Nigerians now want to use promise and actual emergence of President of Nigeria of South-East extraction to douse separatist agitation in the region and win over the separatist agitators to the pan-Nigerian and pan-African cause.”
Dr Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu added that “we have made appreciable progress with the South-East APC Presidency Project 2023 agenda since January 2020 when we launched it. Most South-Easterners are now ready to give us a chance of reconciling our many grievances with Nigeria with our 2023 presidential project agenda.
“What they want is President of Nigeria of South-East extraction and nothing else. Otherwise, Nigeria’s future can only be described as “bleak”. Between the two main parties and among all serious parties of Nigeria, APC – a progressive platform that happens to be the incumbent party at the centre, with President of Nigeria of Northern extraction – is best positioned to deliver on that promise.
“That is why it would be sacrilegious of any Southerner to secretly or openly lobby for National Chairmanship of APC ahead of 2023. We said this before and must today repeat that warning. National Championship of APC of Southern extraction would amount to technical exclusion of the South (including the South-East) from the APC’s 2023 presidential ticket.
“And for the sake of Nigeria and Africa, that must not happen. We strongly advise any Southerner who might be tempted by any selfish and greedy Northern elements to lobby and contest for National Chairmanship of APC to run for Presidency of Nigeria on the same APC.
“If you are good enough for National Chairmanship, you are good enough for Presidency.If the misguided Southerner is of South-East extraction, we have told you that we have the structures and numbers to achieve overwhelming victory at both primary election (70% of delegates) and general election (over 50 million votes). Don’t be a chicken or a Doubting Thomas.
“We have not been in the South-East APC Presidency Project 2023 since January 2020 for nothing. We are not asking you to issue a public statement expressing your intention to run just yet.
“Just put a call to the National Coordinator and let him know of your intention to declare publicly when the time becomes right.
“When that time comes and if we deem you the best presidential material of South-East extraction on APC platform, you will inherit from us a fully furnished presidential campaign network that will give you both the presidential ticket at primary and the general election victory in 2023.
“Trust us.If in doubt, we would assemble just 10 million of our over 50 million voters for your inspection. And no one else can match our numbers. NO ONE ELSE!”, he stated.