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Ohanaeze Seeks Inclusion of Rotational Presidency in Constitution

Ohanaeze Ndigbo

July 03, (THEWILL) – Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has called for the inclusion of zoning of the presidency in the Nigerian Constitution.

This was made known by the Chairman of the Elders Council, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu while interacting with journalists.

According to Iwuanyanwu, limiting the zoning of the presidency to the North and South is vague and should therefore be discouraged.

He submitted that rotating the presidency within the six geo-political zones should be made constitutional for the sake of equity, justice and fair play.

He said, “It is our strong view that issues of zoning the presidency should be put in the constitution and it should be rotated among the six geo-political zones.”

Chief Iwuanyanwu explained that the council believes that if it was agreed that the presidency should be zoned to the South in 2023, since the South-West and South-South had produced the country’s presidents, it was now the turn of the South-East.

According to him, the South-East leaders did everything possible to convince the South-West and South-South leaders of the need to produce the country’s next president in 2023.

He said the leaders, including Middle-Belt leaders, agreed that it was the turn of the South-East and even made public statements to support the Igbo presidency in 2023.

Iwuanyawu noted that while the leaders agreed that it was the turn of the South-East to produce the next president at the end of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023, the political class took a contrary decision.

“The political class, unfortunately, took another decision which made us feel terribly betrayed, not by the elders, but by the political class because we are sure that the elders in the whole South and Middle-Belt supported Igbo presidency in 2023.”

The elder statesman emphasised that though the South-East geo-political zone was disappointed that none of the two major political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), zoned its presidential ticket to the region, it would not boycott the 2023 general election as speculated in some quarters.