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Ohanaeze To Fashola: We Are Pursuing Restructuring, Not Presidency



Kanu Ohanaeze

Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural organization on Friday dismissed the call by the minister of works, power and housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola to the Yoruba to vote President Muhammadu Buhari to enhance the chance of the Southwest to produce a successor for the president in 2023.

The Igbo group in a statement said that it was not concerned on who becomes president or vice-president but on the restructuring of the country.

The group’s assertion was in response to last Thursday’s claim by Fashola at a town hall meeting organized by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture where he urged the Yoruba to vote for Buhari’s return so that the Yoruba could produce the next president in 2023.

Reacting to the claim against the background of assertions by Southeast supporters of the president that voting Buhari was the quickest way for Ndigbo to produce a president, Ohanaeze’s spokesman, Prince Uche Achi-Okpaga said:

“On the contradicting pronouncements of the present Government and other consequential revelations, promising the South East and the South West of the 2023 presidency, permit me to encapsulate that to truth, the present government is to build on sand.

“Ohanaeze Ndigbo is the umbrella body of every human being of lgbo decent, at home or in diaspora. Our interest is the interest and welfare of the Igbo Nation in general. It is not the enrichment of a few or negligible number of the Igbo constituents.

“For the umpteenth time, the disposition of Ohanaeze is not in favour of who becomes the president, his vice and other political positions. The stand of Ohanaeze is hell bent on restructuring. Without restructuring the much an Igbo president or vice could do is to enrich few privileged individuals.

“Even if he desires he would not have the leverage, opportunity or manifest impetus to impact on the generality of the people.

“The way in which  the constitution is designed is not favourable to the less privileged regions. The only soothing balm, as it stands now, is restructuring the political system.

“In a country running a federal system of government and yet the respective states cannot legislate on virtually everything is unacceptable. This is because even in the concurrent list the Federal policy preponderates over those of the States, while the residual list is virtually empty and insignificant.”


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