As part of preliminary preparations to produce Nigeria’s president in 2023, some concerned Igbo leaders are believed to be behind new groups currently seeking alliances with groups in the Southwest and the Northern parts of Nigeria.
This is even as elder statesman, Col. Lambert Ihenacho (rtd), founder of Igbo Youth Movement (IYM), Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko and the leadership of the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB), among other leaders and groups in the Southeast zone told The Nation yesterday that Ndigbo expect other Nigerians to support them to produce Nigeria’s president in 2023.
At least, three of such pressure-groups have formed a coalition. The groups already identified as being ready to form the alliance include the Northern Equity and Justice Congress (NEJC), led by Aminu Mohammed, Yoruba Network for Nigeria Presidency of Igbo Extraction (YONNIPIE) with Femi Olufemi as the spokesman and the Niger Delta United for Nigeria Presidency of Igbo Extraction (NDUNPIE) led by Joshua Jaja.
The three groups, as well as others, have come under a coalition known as Pan Nigeria Presidency of Igbo Extraction Coalition (PANPIEC) with Aminu Mohammed as its national coordinator. Informed sources told The Nation that known political leaders behind this new alliance are not yet ready to be named.
The spokesman of the coalition, Chief Uche Erondu, however, called on all Nigerians to join the groups to actualize what he described as “the equity project and ensure the stability of Nigeria.”
He said the coalition is preparing to visit President Mohammadu Buhari to interface with him on the 2023 successor and emphasize the need for the ruling party and other parties to zone their Presidency to the Southeast zone.
The National Coordinator of the group, Alhaji Aminu Mohammed, who was in Port Harcourt where he held talks with some South-south leaders of thought, noted that the visit to Aso Rock is necessary so that fifth columnist would not unduly influence Mr. President when the time comes.
He lauded South-south leaders for “their stand that this is payback time for Ndigbo who have supported other zones to produce the President.”