The chairman of the United Progressives Party [UPP], Chief Chekwas Okorie has expressly declared that the Southeast MUST produce the next president of Nigeria come 2019 general election.
Chief Chekwas Okorie said this today in a video interview with Elombah.com at his Abuja home.
Speaking during the interview, he said that Igbos have been marginalised for far too long and that NOW is the most ripe time to fully key in to the Nigerian political project.
When his view was sought over the fact that former President Olusegun Obasanjo has taken a similar stance, he expressed delightful surprise.
His surprise was premised on the fact that ex-President Obasanjo was one of the foremost antagonists of an Igbo president.
He recalled that Obasanjo had kicked at such notion when he, Chief Chekwas, had broached the issue with him years ago.
According to him, Obasanjo had said verbatim saying that Igbos should wait as long as their Southern United States counterparts who had to wait 150 years before they could produce a president in the country.
Wondering if Obasanjo is now a “Born Again” on the Igbo presidency issue, he however acknowledged that for the mere fact that someone like Obasanjo supported the notion aptly shows that it is long overdue.
Speaking further, be lambasted the President Muhammadu-led federal government for the rampant and flagrant disregard for legal institutions and authorities.
He cited the case of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra [IPOB], Mr. Nnamdi Kanu, et al, who had been granted bail, and even an “unconditional bail” by a certain court, but still held in detention.
He said that his mission, if and when UPP comes to power, will be to release all political prisoners and ensure that freedom of speech and assembly held sway.
The presidential candidate in the 2015 presidential election wondered what legacy Buhari is leaving behind after the killing of thousands of pro-Biafra protesters and Shiites by armed personnels under his watch.
On a highlight, he tasked the governors and leaders from the Southeast extraction to create a politically and economically viable environment to enable Ndigbo to soar above their contemporaries.
Watch the details of the interview on ELOMBAH TV on Tuesday when it will be aired online.