The Ohaneze NdIgbo Youth Wing Yesterday described as unfortunate and calculated attempt to pitch the North against NdIgbo the statement credited to the Chairman, Technical Committee for the actualization of Atiku Abubakar Presidential Ambition, Chief Raymond Dokpesi,
The National Leader of the group, Mazi Damian Okafor in an interview with Leadership Weekend in Abakaliki expressed the regret that the inordinate ambition of Chief Dokpesi has beclouded his sense of reasoning for the clamour for an Igbo Presidency being champion by most Northern leaders.
It would be recalled that Chief Dokpesi while addressing members of the People’s Democratic Party PDP during a consultation visit to Abakaliki argued that the south has had presidential position for 16 years from 1999-2007 and from 2009-2015.
He said that naturally, the North should produce the next president of the country in 2023 in line with the rotational presidency in the country.
Chief Dokpesi said; “The south had the presidency from 1999-2007 and again from 2009-2015. The tenure of the North is not yet expired, once it is expired, the south will produce the President, the South East in particular”.
Chief Dokpesi also alleged that even the All Progressives Congress APC itself will not zone to the South East the Presidency adding that the clamour for power shift to the South East must be laid on proper foundation after 2023.
The Ohaneze National Youth Leader regretted that some elders of the country are still unwilling to solve the numerous problems that have bedeviled the country adding in a bid to remain close to the seat of power, they make frivolous and inciting statements.
The stated that the statement is not only misleading but delusive adding that Chief Dokpesi is a man the younger generation are supposed to be taking advice from, but I must confess, his statements are now unbecoming of a true democrat.
“Just like the popular saying that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. It is now glaring that Chief Dokpesi has no better means of selling his candidate but has resorted to making unguided statements against NdIgbo”.
“At a time like this when every well meaning Nigerian are shopping for a credible candidate from not only the South but the SouthEast, such statements that is capable of regurgitating the old wounds should be avoided”.
The group called on the general public to disregard the statement and urged politicians from the South who has so far declared their intentions to run for the presidency to be steadfast.
He said that Nigerians are looking forward to what they have achieved with the previous positions they have held.