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August 17, 2018

The dream and race for President of Nigeria from Igbo extraction

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The demise of the first Republic, where an Igbo man Rt. Hon. Nnamdi Azikiwe (Owelle of Onitsha) ended up with the termination of the Republic by Military Coup, saw the end of Igbo man in epic position in Nigeria’s politics.

Subsequent attempts made by some individuals at other point in time, in 1998 by Dr. Alex Ekwueme, number two man, in Shagari’s government to clinch the ticket and thus become the President failed. That unsuccessful attempt was not because the man lacked credible portfolios but because the military in one hand did not trust an Igbo man as to hand over the affairs of the nation to him (then). Secondly, the power tussle between the Igbos and Yorubas worked against the Igbos, as Obasanjo, then used his position to aid the likes of Jim Nwobodo to scuttle Ekwueme’s bid (attempt).

Not too long ago, the recently elected president of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo John Nnia Nwodo, the “Ike Ukehe,” attempted and did run for Presidency but did not make it either. Again, it was not because of lack of credibility or low pedigree, because Nnia Nwodo is a gentleman from a fine background, highly educated, from London School of Economics LSE, an international institution that has overtime created a niche for itself. It is on Record that LSE has produced 36 Heads of State in the world, foremost among them was Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore. A man from such intimidating background, one would say, was over qualified to be president of Nigeria but never became.

The third being Chief Etheibert Anayo Okorocha who presented himself for APC Primary but had a dismal result.  Then came the same 2015 Presidential election where Chief Chekwas Okorie (Ojeozi Igbo) gave a good account of himself during the presidential debate. He did not only draw encomiums and applause from the observers of the debate, but gave a good account of himself as reported by many Nigerian Dailies. He presented the true picture of what Nigeria wanted but at the end he did not make it.

For other Igbo aspirants, for 2019, find below a recommended template which should serve as screening parameters. These parameters are to be used to screen those from Igbo extraction who would want to take a shot at Nigerian presidency, by Ohaneze Ndigbo. The candidate selected would then be communicated to Ndigbo to queue behind him for the presidential election.

The parameters are:

  1. Must have at least a Bachelors degree from a recognized institution.
  2. Must not have any thing with EFCC in terms of invitation for questioning, invitation by ICPC or have anything to do with Police invitation on fraud or any pending case in court on fraud.
  3. Must show a visible means of livelihood five years back.
  4. If a Governor who has served out his tenure, we should look at how he governed his state.
  5. For a serving Governor, non of his commissioners or officers would have been invited for questioning by EFCC, ICPC or any other judicial panel set up to try corruption cases. Where this is the case we know the Governor will certainly be picked up at the expiration of his immunity while in office.
  6. Must have Igbo race as his sing-song belief. He must believe in the sanctity of Nigeria from Igbo perspective.

It is my firm belief that no ethnic patriot should leave the destiny of its race to chance and shenanigans, who are experts in deceit of their people through double talk and lack of ethnic political commitment and the like.

The Ohaneze Ndigbo should see to it that we go for the presidency of this country with strength i.e. with our first eleven not with fraudsters and sweet-talking expired politicians. This has been ridiculing the South East zone in the eyes of other Nigerians.

This call is on the President of Ohaneze Ndigbo to brace up, as the Igbos perceive his election as a good omen and sign of good things to come. We believe strongly that the continuous massacre of Igbo people on the slightest excuse should be a thing of the past.

The right for the Igbos to express their desires in the present project called Nigeria is within the constitutional provision of democracy.

Once again, we congratulate the present constituted Ohaneze Ndigbo from Mazi Nnia Nwodo (Ike Ukehe) and other officers in his cabinet for their emergence at the just concluded election.


Chief Chris Ejike Uche (KSJI)  (Dimkpasaa)

is the Deputy National Chairman  of UPP



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