The Ohanaeze Youth Council (OYC) has warned the All Progressives Congress, (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) against denying presidential aspirants from the South East tickets in their forthcoming primary elections.
The National President of the council, Igboayaka O. Igboayaka gave the warning on Tuesday in Owerri, Imo State at a press briefing.
Igboayaka enjoined the APC, PDP and other frontline political parties who are lovers of equity, fairness and justice to cede their presidential tickets to Southeast.
He said Igbo youths would not hesitate to fight against the quest to thwart the legacy of sustained unity of the country left behind by the former Governor-General, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe and former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon.
Igboayaka noted that Gowon fought with everything within his disposal in 1967/70 to keep Nigeria one, stressing that every necessary arrangement has been made both in Southeast, South-South and the 25 states where Igbo are second largest populated tribe, to stage a protest against any politician or political party that will deny Southeast presidential ticket.
The OYC boss stated that Igbo youths shall stage a democratic fight and civil disobedience to achieve the goal of Nigerian president of Igbo extraction by every means.
The council urged political parties to refrain from the injustice and marginalization of the Southeast region, stressing the need for a sustainable united country.
Igboayaka expressed optimism that the delay by the APC in holding its national convention was to enable it broker a proper arrangement to consider yielding her presidential slot to Southeast.
He however pointed out that if the party is planning to cede its National Chairmanship seat to the Southeast in exchange for its presidential ticket, the country would turn out to be like a ship hit by tornado before 2023.
Igboayaka said; “There has been gross deprivation, marginalization and victimization suffered by the Southeast region over the years. This has resulted in emergence of separatist groups and youth restiveness in the region.
“Consequently, in the spirit of equity, fairness, justice and unity, power should be taking round the three zones in Southern Nigeria, ranging from the Southwest, South-South and Southeast.
“By every level of logical reason and equity, power rotates between Southern and Northern Nigeria. When it came to Southern Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, the Southwest took the slot of president.
“In 2007 power shifted to Northern Nigeria. Unfortunately due to the death of President Musa Yar’Adua from 2009 to 2011 power shifted to Southern Nigeria and South-South took the president from 2009 to 2015.
“In 2015 to 2023 the president shifted to Northern Nigeria, hence it’s coming back to Southern Nigeria and the only zone that has not produced a president in Nigeria, and Southern Nigeria is Southeast. Therefore, Nigerian president of the Southeast extraction is a necessity, very sacrosanct to redefine the unity of Nigeria”.