New group seeks Igbo presidency in 2019 for national healing


A new organisation, Igbo Presidency Group 2019, has emerged to “reason with all stakeholders and the political parties on the need for the presidency to be zoned by to the South East geo-political region.”

Mr. Tagbo Obidiaso, a lawyer, is its National Coordinator, while Austin Milado and Ejike Asiegbu, are co-coordinators.

In a statement, it said: “The motive is in response to the dangerous agitations ongoing in the country that are threatening the unity of our great nation. The Igbos, clearly, have been politically marginalised, taking into consideration the fact that the foundation of the nation was built on a tripod, with respect to other minority ethnic groups.

“For this reason our constitution was founded on the principles of freedom, equality and justice, and for the purpose of consolidating the unity of our people. This informed the inclusion of the Federal Character Commission in the Constitution, but 48 years after the civil war, which was declared no victor no vanquished, no Igbo, a major ethnic group, has been the president of this country.”

The pressure group added: “We believe totally in the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. And we believe totally that every component of the country should be seen and be made to feel as a part of the entity.

“We want to use this opportunity to call on our Northern and Southern brothers and sisters to join hands with us in reinventing our great nation into one big family where everyone is happy and united. The group will do every thing within the ambit of the law to achieve its purpose.”

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