Southeast apex socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has come hard on the governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma, over his stance on an Igbo president to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Gov. Uzodinma had ruled out the Igbo presidency project in 2023, claiming that such was not in the interest of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The Governor had dismissed the claim of an Igbo Presidency in 2023 during an interview on Channels Television.
Asked if APC is committed to zoning the 2023 presidential ticket to the South-East, Uzodinma had said: “We are not looking for an Igbo President. We are looking for a President of Nigeria.
“We as a party APC believe what we are practising here is partisan democracy and every politician must be loyal to his party.”
But Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement issued on Monday by its Secretary-General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro, described the Governor’s opposition to the Igbo Presidency project, as that of a traitor and cautioned that it would come with huge repercussions.
Ohanaeze said Uzodinma’s stand was “the height of absurdity and lunacy,” adding that, “no matter the sycophantic allegiance Uzodinma owes his political emperors, he should learn from chronological antecedents of those Igbos that stood against the genuine interests of Ndigbo in the past and the repercussions that came with it. In his own case, it will be destructive and disastrous.”
The statement declared that “Ndigbo never under any fora, mandated Governor Hope Uzodinma to speak on behalf of the Southeast with regards to the 2023 Presidency.
“Uzodinma’s standpoints on 2023 Igbo Presidency is his myopic and personal views not that of Ndi-Imo or Ndigbo at large. He should be ignored, as he is suffering from verbal diarrhoea and lacks the locus standi to speak on behalf of the collective bargaining and aspirations of Ndigbo.
“Governor Uzodinma cunningly changed positions of 2023 Igbo Presidency to 2027, when he hoped to be ready for his already dead presidential ambition.
“Our suspicions have been reinforced by the desperate activities to exclude Imo State from being part of the southern Governors resolutions, especially on VAT, Southern Presidency and the signing of anti-open-grazing laws.
“Ndigbo are bewildered and we ask- can anything good come out of Governor Hope Uzodinma that will make our people happy except for sounds of fury, deaths, and misery of hopelessness that had encircled Imo State?
“We are foreseeing hazards ahead if Governor Uzodinma’s continuous pursuit of the ‘fifth columnists’ agenda is not stopped.
“We are still praying for the good personality of Uzodinma to be resurrected once again, as we suspect that his political Emperors are hypnotizing him like they used Chief Femi Fani Kayode to destroy and mastermind the problems of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.”