The senator representing Ikot Ekpene Senatorial District in Akwa Ibom State and the Nigeria Presidential Project (NPP), Christopher Ekpenyong, has explained why the South East region should produce the next president in 2023.
Speaking to the Vanguard on Wednesday, August 19 in Uyo, Ekpeyong said producing the next president of Nigeria to come from the South-East geopolitical zone will deepen national unity and give the Igbo a sense of belonging in the country.
He said that since the North has produced the president, and South West as well as South-South, that it would not be out of place if the South-East was allowed to also lead the country for the purpose of equity and Justice.
Ekpenyong advised that every section of the country must be given equal opportunity to lead and contribute to the building of the country because the country belongs to all irrespective of tongue, tribe or geopolitical zone.
“My prayer is that we should allow an Igbo man to become the next president of Nigeria. If the North and the South West have produced a president, why can’t the Southeast be allowed to become president of Nigeria?
“Igbo presidency is the path that will lead to deepening of our national unity.It will assuage the feeling of disillusionment among the Igbo. It will also give them a sense of belonging. No section has the monopoly of capacity to lead Nigeria.
”Therefore, everyone should be given equal opportunity to lead and contribute to the building of the country. No section was created to rule others for eternity. Nigeria belongs to all.
“There are competent men and women across all geopolitical zones in this country. And remember, the South West and the South South have already produced a president. So, my plea with other zones is to allow the South East to produce the next president of Nigeria.
“They should be given the opportunity to contribute their knowledge, experience and leadership capacity towards the growth of this nation” It’s the turn of Igbo — NPP In it’s submission, the Nigeria Presidential Project, NPP, also said that it’s the turn of the South East zone to produce the 2023 Nigerian President,” Ekpenyong said.
Also, the NPP Chancellor, Walter Orji, during the inauguration of the Imo State executives of NPP in Owerri, said that many Igbo politicians have made their interests known to NPP to run for the presidency but that they were waiting for the right time to go public about their political ambition.
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