The Igbo Elders Consultative Forum has stated that the South East will not vote for both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2023.
In a statement on Friday signed by former Anambra Governor Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife, the forum said the South East will punish the two major political parties for their refusal to zone the presidency to the region. The elders added that the Igbos will reject both the APC and the PDP completely in the 2023 election for jettisoning the quest for a South East presidency. Speaking further the elders slammed Igbo delegates who betrayed the quest for the South-East presidency in the recently-conducted presidential primaries of the APC and the PDP. The forum described the Igbo politicians as saboteurs to the region’s quest to produce Nigeria’s next leader in 2023. The Igbo elders accused the Southeast delegates of selling out their brothers and voting for aspirants of other regions because of money and selfish interest. The forum stated that the delegates would regret their unpatriotic actions against the collective interest of the Igbos to produce the next president in 2023. The statement read in part, “Shocking and saddening was the 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 President aspirants from the South East their support and votes. “They worked and voted for Dollar and lucre at the expense of their fellow aspirants from the South East in arrogance and disregard of the demand of the Southern Governors Forum, Southern and Middle Belt Forum, Afenifere, Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, Igbo Elders Consultative Forum, Ohaneze Global, among other credible and vocal stakeholders that demanded that the Presidency be zoned to the South, and further micro zoned to the South East. “Except Ebonyi State, other delegates from Anambra, Abia, Enugu and imo States and their sponsors need to explain to ndi igbo who they sold their votes to and at what cost at the expense of our collective interest of producing the President of Nigeria in 2023. “This will not happen again as the Igbo Elders shall provide a new leadership that will strengthen the Ohanaeze leadership in Igbo land. “Those betrayals will retire from politics shamefully and unceremoniously as they will never represent South East in any public service again. “We are studying the development, and will certainly, take decisive actions against those betrayals and opportunists, no matter their position and caliber, to serve as deterrent for those who are still plotting to betray the Igbos in the planned 2023 general elections.”
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