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No Igbo politician has shown real seriousness for 2023 presidency – IPAN

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IGBOS for Progressive and United Nationhood (IPAN), a socio-political organisation says it has observed that no Igbo politician has shown real seriousness for the 2023 presidency in spite of incessant cry of marginalisation of Ndigbo from the polity.

  IPAN National President, Lawrence Onuzulike, who made the observation in Awka, said the southwest and other zones were seriously strategising and re-strategising for the 2023 presidential race but the southeast seemed to be sitting on the fence.

  Comrade Onuzulike said that 2022 is a critical year as it heralds the presidential election; that Ndigbo must rise up to the situation and show critical concern for the presidency as Ndigbo cannot clinch governmental powers on a platter of gold.

  IPAN also conveyed felicitations to the winner of the November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State, Prof. Charles Chukwuma Soludo on his victory at the poll.

  IPAN noted that it believes the majority of ndi Anambra have spoken and made their choice clear, therefore they pledged to work closely with the governor-elect to ensure ndi Anambra reaped  only fruits of good governance.

  Onuzulike said IPAN will be a partner for progress not just in Anambra but in Enugu, Abia, Ebonyi and Imo States. He said they will call out bad policies and fight misgovernance and at the same time, applaud good works that benefit the people.

  He said, ” IPAN tasks Igbos’ Interested in 2023 presidential election to be serious: As the nation is about to enter into 2022, a crucial year in the race for the 2023 general elections, IPAN notes that there is no real momentum by any Igbo politician interested in running for president in 2023. While potential aspirants from other regions are making serious moves in preparation for the presidential race, no Igbo aspirant has shown real seriousness or intention to vie for the office of the president in 2023.

   “What we see are watery statements from some individuals and groups insisting on Igbo presidency in 2023. To be clear, IPAN strongly believes that 2023 presents the biggest opportunity yet for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction to emerge.

  “ However, we must go beyond rhetorics and make the necessary moves to actualise it. It is obvious that the presidency will not be handed over to Ndigbo on a platter of gold. We must strive to get it through deliberate and strategic moves and alliances.

  IPAN therefore calls on potential Igbo aspirants in the major political parties to wake up and put themselves in contention for the presidential tickets in their parties.

  “IPAN will help when necessary to engage other stakeholders across the country and build alliances for these aspirants if only they show more seriousness. We must not continue to shout marginalisation in leadership only to be found far away from the thick of action when there is an opportunity to offer ourselves in leadership.

  “IPAN finally calls on Igbo sons and daughters both at home and in the diaspora to continue to preach and embrace peace and peaceful coexistence in our great nation.

   “No nation can grow in an atmosphere of self-inflicted violence, chaos and bitterness. We all must strive to respect one another and learn to resolve periodic difference that may arise between the different sections of this country through genuine dialogue.

  “Let’s remember that wars usually end on the negotiating table, so why not skip the wars and go straight to the negotiating table. “

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