The member representing Ohaozara/Onicha/Ivo federal constituency of Ebonyi state in the House of Representatives, Hon. Linus Okorie, has said it was a wishful thinking for the people of South east to hope that President Muhammadu Buhari would relinquish power to Ndigbo in 2023.
He said Igbo presidency was not realizable under Buhari.
Okorie noted hat the intriguing power play both in the ruling APC and among the overbearing cabals will not allow Buhari to choose a successor from the South East zone.
He was reacting to a statement credited to a renowned oil Magnate, Chief Arthur Eze where he urged Ebonyi people to vote for Buhari in 2019 to actualize Igbo Presidency in 2023.
He advised the business Mogul to prevail on President Buhari to choose his running mate from the people of Southeast as an indication that he will handover power to Ndigbo after his tenure.
Okorie, a two-term member of the Federal House of Representatives noted that the Igbo Presidency as being touted in some quarters was concocted to further displace Ndigbo from the emerging political equation which the joint ticket of Atiku Abubakar and Former Governor Peter Obi will afford by the PDP.
He said: “however, the truly controversial aspect of Chief Eze’s, otherwise momentous visit, was his public exhortation to Ebonyians “to vote Engr David Umahi as governor and President Muhammadu Buhari as President in 2019”. An incongruous combination, this has ruffled political feathers across the nation and distorted the altruistic intentions of the entire visit and it’s accompanying money rain.
“The wishful thinking by Chief Arthur Eze that it’s Buhari that will hand over power to the people of the South East is a mere political creation concotted to displace Ndigbo from the emerging political equation which the nomination of former Governor Peter Obi entails, by the PDP.
“The options now behove Ndigbo to choose between the shallow promise of Igbo Presidency and the firmed Vice Presidential slot in an avowed one term Presidency. Arthur Eze should first convince the Buhari’s APC administration to pick his running mate from the South East, as an indication of his willingness to relinquish power to Ndigbo. But the truth of the matter is that intriguing power play, both in the ruling APC and among the overbearing cabals, will not allow Buhari anoint his successor from the South East in 2023; were he to win the 2019 Presidency. The PDP and the Atiku plan remain the viable option for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023.
“While the High Chief is entitled to an unfettered political freedom of choice, his call, made on the platform of the State’s official functions, runs contrary to the expressed choice and preference of the larger Ebonyi people who remain unapologetically PDP. It also negates their well being and enlightened self interest”, he said.
Though, the Lawmaker appreciatef Chief Arthur Eze’s philanthropy in donating to good causes in Ebonyi State, he was reminded that Ebonyi is PDP and shall massively vote Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 as President and any overtures contrary to this avowed position of Ebonyi people is dead on arrival and no amount of election-year philanthropy would yield any positive outcome; hence is best withdrawn.
He therefore called on the different levels of the PDP leadership, and indeed the Ebonyi state government, to swiftly set records straight.
” This obvious mismatch of political gerrymandering because being a PDP state, with an unbroken voting record, the pronouncement of Chief Eze amounts to sending wrong and unintended signals if left non rebuffed”