The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has urged the Southern Governors Forum to zone the 2023 presidency to the South-East in the interest of fair play and justice.
Recall that the Southern governors at the end of their meeting in Lagos on Monday demanded that the presidency should return to the south after President Muhammadu Buhari concludes his tenure in 2023.
In an interview on Tuesday, Ohanaeze spokesman, Alex Ogbonna, said the group backed the southern governors’ position that the region should produce the president in 2023.
Ogbonna, however, urged the governors to be magnanimous in conceding the presidency to the South-East region.
He said: “However, in commending the southern governors for that resolution, Ohanaeze is urging them to be magnanimous in conceding to South-East the Presidency. The South-West had a shot the South-South had a shot; and in each occasion the Igbo gave them total support.
“So justice, equity and fairness will demand that they concede the Presidency to the South-East. So in thanking them, we are going step ahead to urge them to consider the South East to have a shot at the Presidency.
“The truth is that there has been a gentleman agreement between rotation or alternation of the Presidency between the North and the South.”
On open grazing, Ohanaeze welcomed the September deadline for the implementation of the anti-grazing law in the South.
He said: “Ohanaeze will also urge the South East Governors to follow it up with action.”