The Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Monday, denied a media report that it had put aside its quest for a Igbo president.
Ohanaeze, our correspondent reports, ahead of the 2023 general elections, maintained that an Igbo president should succeed former president Muhammadu Buhari based on equity.
According to Ohanaeze, other regions of Nigeria, having produced Nigeria’s president respectively, it was the turn of Ndigbo to produce the nation’s president. It was on this basis that the pan-Igbo group declared its support for Labour Party’s presidential candidate, Mr Peter Obi, an Igbo man.
A media report however emerged weekend that the president general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, granted an interview asking Ndigbo ‘to put aside the issue of Igbo presidency’, and close ranks with the administration of President Bola Tinubu.
Dr Alex Ogbonnia, Ohanaeze’s national publicity secretary, denied the report, describing it as ‘the height of a mischievous sensational press hyperbole’.
According to him, “That the Igbo should put aside the issue of Igbo Presidency is a whimsical conjecture that represents the distorted imaginations of the maladjusted news purveyors.
“For anyone to suggest that the Igbo should put aside the issue of presidency is false news, mundane speculation that dwells in bowels of the purveyors.
“Since his assumption of office as the president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Iwuanyanwu has remained consistent on a transformative philosophical framework that will change the Igbo land. Iwuanyanwu maintains that the Igbo have the disruptive ingenuity that will transform the Igbo to an economic hub for the entire Africa.
“The Igbo leader is very enthusiastic that the human and capital resources that the Almighty has endowed the Igbo are sufficient to put us on a top economic scale beyond the Nigerian ethnocentrism.”