The Igbo Elders Consultative Forum (IECF) said on Friday the people of the South-East would not vote for the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 general elections.
In a statement issued on Friday by its Secretary, Prof. Charles Nwekeaku, the IECF blasted the two parties for refusing to zone the presidency to the South-East.
The group, however, described the delegates from the South-East who did not vote for presidential aspirants from the region in the primaries of both parties as betrayals and saboteurs.
The statement read: “This will not happen again as the Igbo Elders shall provide a new leadership that will strengthen the Ohaneze leadership in Igbo land. Those betrayals will retire from politics shamefully and unceremoniously as they will never represent the South-East in any public service again.
“We observed with grave concern the unprecedented monetisation of the recent political parties’ primary elections, especially the presidential election at which highest bidders emerged as presidential candidates.
“More worrisome was the failure of the major political parties, namely, the ruling APC, and PDP, to zone the presidency to the South-East in keeping with the Federal Character principle and zoning arrangement as contained in Section 14 (3) of the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the various political parties constitutions for the sake of justice, equity, fairness, peace and stability of the country.
“Equally shocking and saddening was the brazen betrayal and unbridled collusion of some unpatriotic Igbo sons and daughters that shamelessly and unrepentantly joined those who do not mean well for our people to deny presidential aspirants from the South-East their support and votes.”