Saturday, February 1, 2020 9:53 am
Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide says it has already raised $11million for the realisation of its project of ensuring that Nigeria’s next president is of Igbo stock.
OYC President General, Mazi Okechukwu Isiguzoro who revealed this in a statement, said the fund was raised by the diaspora arm of the Council through freewill donation as part of its aggressive push to ensure the emergence of Nigerian of Southeast origin as the country’s president in 2023.
OYC added in the statement that it has also embarked on aggressive lobbying of the two Nigerian main political parties – the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to select their 2023 presidential candidates from the South East and Igbo speaking parts of the South South, especially Ikwerre in Rivers State and Anioma in Delta State
Mazi Isiguzoro added in the statement “Talks are on with the APC and the PDP to zone the 2023 presidential tickets to Southern Nigeria. First of all, the OYC had reached out through appropriate channels to major political parties for them to respect the gentleman agreement on rotational presidency between the North and the South. If it’s achieved, then it will be equitable for the only geo political zone which has never taken a shot at the presidency since 50 years after the Biafra war to be encouraged to produce all the presidential candidates for 2023.
“The OYC diaspora through freewill donation has raised $11million for the realisation of Nigerian president of Igbo stock in 2023.
“The OYC has already cemented agreement with middle belt youths, who are co-coordinating the Igbo presidency project. Talks are on with Yoruba Council of Youths and Afenifere Youth leaders on the journey for Igbo presidency.
“The Arewa Youth Consultative Youth Forum led by Alhaji Yerima Shettima has accepted to host our delegation by February 2020 in Arewa House Kaduna, for deliberation on the way forward.”