Senator Hope Uzodimma has said that the South-east should be given the chance to produce the country’s president in 2023.
He stated that if anything short of this happens, it would be clear that Nigeria is not home to people of the region.
Uzodinma added that it was in the interest of the igbo for President Muhammadu Buhari to be re-elected next year.
“It is supremely important (for Igbo to be president) because that will assure Ndigbo that the ugly events of the civil war have been truly put behind us”, he told Sun.
“If by 2023, the presidency returns to the south and by acts of omission or commission, it eludes Ndigbo, then that will only be a confirmation that Igbo have not truly been accepted into the mainstream of Nigerian politics.
“As you know, in 1998, former Vice-President, late Alex Ekwueme was coasting home with the PDP presidential ticket. It took a high level conspiracy to stop him.
“Many people believed that it was because he was Igbo and because of the stigma of the civil war.
“So, if in 2023 Igbo are stopped again, the simple conclusion will be that the rest of Nigeria do not welcome them as equal stakeholders in Project Nigeria.”