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Key political activists from the South-East including Senator Orji Kalu and Senator Ike Ekweremadu amongst others converged on Tuesday, January 5, to deliberate on the political future of the geopolitical zone vis-à-vis the 2023 general election.
The coalition also resolved to pressure the major political parties in the country; to zone their presidential ticket for the 2023 general elections to the South-East.
According to the leaders, Nigerians across political; ethnic; and religious divides fought hard, long; and collectively to enthrone the current democratic dispensation; as the surest way to engender national development and guarantee a just and equitable society where every section of the country enjoys a sense of belonging.
This was part of a communique signed by Senator Orji Kalu and Senator Ike Ekweremadu, and issued at the end of the bipartisan meeting of South-East leaders held on January 5, 2021, at Camp Neya, Igbere, Abia State.
It was also signed by Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, Rt. Hon. Nkeiru Onyejeocha, Hon. Benjamin Kalu and Chief Chekwas Okorie.
The meeting observed that the Presidency of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has rotated between Northern and Southern Nigeria; and among the various geopolitical zones.
Thus, the South West and South South geopolitical zones in the southern part of the country have produced the President of Nigeria.
Hence as power is expected to rotate to the South in 2023; the meeting spearheaded by Orji Kalunoted that the South East is the only zone in the South that is yet to produce a President of Nigeria in the current democratic dispensation.
The South East have continued to demonstrate their commitment to the unity and development of the country, the coalition stated.
They maintained that the well-pronounced presence and investments of the South-East; in every nook and cranny of the country represent the firmest and most practical demonstration of faith; in the unity, peace, and continued corporate existence of the country; for where a man’s treasure is, there his heart lies also.
Following the exhaustive and incisive deliberations they held at the meeting; the South East political leaders resolved to:
“Recommit ourselves to the deepening of the nation’s democracy; as the surest way of fast-tracking national development; and building an egalitarian society where no man is oppressed for reasons of his class; ethnic; religious; or political affiliation and background.
“Implore Nigerians across political, ethnic, religious, and also geopolitical divides and persuasions to support the people of the South East geopolitical zone to produce a Nigerian President of South East extraction as a mark of good faith and to promote justice and national harmony.
“For emphasis, we deem this very important in giving every part of the country a sense of belonging; and in promoting national unity and solidarity. It is the loudest reassurance of equality of all parts; as well as that the country indeed belongs to all members of the Nigerian commonwealth.
“To make good our demand and reciprocate such good faith; we have decided, as a geopolitical zone with substantial presence in every part of the country to give a block vote and also throw our full weight behind any major political party, particularly the APC and PDP, that zones its presidential ticket to the South East in 2023 general election. We resolved to work for such a party irrespective of our different individual political parties.”