- Three south-east group has presented names of 7 Igbo politicians for 2019 presidency
- The groups promised to raise campaign fund for the Igbo politicians who is chosen by any of the parties
- It warned that the re-arrest of Nnamdi Kanu will spell doom for Nigeria
Three south-east groups, World Igbo Youth Movement, Igbo Students’ Forum and Igbo Diaspora Women, have presented seven Igbo politicians that may win the presidency in 2019.
The Sun reports that the group presented seven names after an initial longlist of 20 so as to fulfil the Igbo presidency project for 2019.
The seven politicians are:
1. Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha
2. Former Abia state governor, Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu
3. Former Senate president, Chief Ken Nnamani
4. Deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu
5. Former governor of Anambra state, Chief Peter Obi
6. Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika (retd.)
7. Chief Chekwas Okorie
The groups also promised to raise N3 trillion for any of the candidates that emerge as the presidential flag-bearer of any of the political parties in 2019.
They promised to provide the final shortlist of three politicians on October 1 that will likely represent the interest of the Ndigbo in 2019.
Part of the communique read: “We met today in Enugu to review our earlier stand on the 2019 presidency as well as other burning issues in the polity and firmly took the following decisions:
“That there is no going back on the Igbo presidency project as it remains the only way to appease Ndigbo and ensure equity, justice and fairness in the scheme of things in Nigeria.
“Out of the 21 persons earlier shortlisted for the position, the following persons have now scaled through a screening process by a special committee set up for that task.
“For the All Progressives Congress (APC), we have Governor Rochas Okorocha, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu and Chief Ken Nnamani; Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) – Chief Ike Ekweremadu, Chief Peter Obi and Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika, (red.); United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Chekwas Okorie.”
The group said it screened the politicians including considering their track record and health status.
“As we said earlier, the possible candidates should not bother about the campaign fund as over N3 trillion shall be mobilised from the diaspora for the project. So, we want to re-assure our people that the resources to achieve this project will be available through sons and daughters of Igbo land abroad.
"Mobilisation is on top gear and shall be fully kicked off on October 1, 2017, when we will shortlist the last three persons that shall fly the flag of the above parties on behalf of Ndigbo."
The groups also called on Igbos not to work as campaign managers for politicians from other regions.
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They also reviewed the case of Nnamdi Kanu and warned that his rearrest will spell the end of Nigeria.
“We caution Nigeria may cease to exist if Nnamdi Kanu is re-arrested. This may also be the fate of the country if the planned October 1 massacre is carried out against Ndigbo living in the North. Arab spring is starring us in the face with the current genocide being packaged to take place in the North.”
Meanwhile, one person reportedly died after members of the Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB) clashed with policemen and soldiers over the anti-election campaign in Anambra
According to The Punch, the incident happened on Wednesday, August 16 in Ekwulobia, Aguata Local Government Area of the state.
Watch a NAIJ.com TV video of Kanu speaking about his Biafra agitation: