The Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reiterated that the easiest and shortest way for an Igbo man to become the president of Nigeria is for Atiku Abubakar to be president in 2023.
The State Director-General of the Atiku Abubakar and Ifeanyi Okowa campaign organisation, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo made the statement in Awka Anambra State on Wednesday evening.
“Atiku Abubakar and the PDP is the shortest feasible route for an Igbo to be president in Nigeria in view of the present realities on the ground. This may be difficult to accept for certain people in the South East for the time being, but it remains the only logical path for an Igbo political renaissance in Nigeria and easy election to the presidency in the next 4-8 years,” he said.
According to him, what the south-east and Ndi-Igbo currently need is their reconnection to the National Grid by having genuine reconciliation, and forging strategic alliances with other regions of the country.
He said their alignment with Atiku Abubakar is never for selfish gain but for the collective interest of the South East and Ndi-Igbo. Obiora said that no particular region can produce the president without the support of other regions, noting that the south-east should support Atiku for good.
“It will be dangerous for the South-East to be isolated and abandoned in the opposition for another 8 years in our nation’s democracy and the only person who will integrate the Igbo is Atiku,” he said.
He urged the south-east as a region to collectively support and vote for PDP’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in 2023.
“It is obvious that the South-East region and Ndi-Igbo are treated like lepers under the APC. It is quite instructive for the South-East and Ndi-Igbo to be rational and strategic with their votes and support to help other parts of the country unseat the APC and reinstate the PDP while we will have to enjoy more stake to produce the President post-2023,” he said.
According to Obiora, in order for the south-east to achieve greater success, they must make sacrifices that would strengthen the region as a whole and reawaken the republican and tenacious spirit in them.
“We must make sacrifices that will build on the successes that the South-East and North have already achieved through strategic alliance in the past,” he said.
According to him, among the promises of the Atiku-Okowa joint ticket is the assurance that Nigeria will be restructured and Atiku will ensure true federalism to replicate the development associated with Ndi-Igbo in the Third Republic.
“We urge Ndi-Igbo, the intellectual, leaders of thoughts of the South-East, to put their faith in our choice to support Atiku Abubakar and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election. We are confident that it will serve the interests of our people and region and that our efforts will be recognized and appreciated after 2023,” he stated.