The apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has condemned the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso over his comment on the Igbo presidency.
The former Governor of Kano State in a recent interview had said the best shot of the South-East in 2023 is to settle for the vice presidency.
He further stated that he can not be running mate to the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
Ohanaeze in its reaction said Kwankwaso can not be described as the best presidential candidate for Nigeria in 2023.
The group further stated that it was not Igbos that placed Nigeria in its present condition.
A statement released by the National Publicity Secretary of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Alex Ogbonnia reads, “Kwankwaso’s description is unfortunate. He does not know Igbo and cannot assess its people. Such a comment is not expected of a presidential candidate. It is not expected of a candidate of a political party.
“I do not think he has evidence to back his position because as far as I know, Igbo have been the pillar that has helped this country to survive so far. He should know that any person who can do well in business and live in any part of the country can succeed as president. Igbo understand this country and can do better if given the opportunity.
“Kwankwaso cannot be said to be the best material the country can have when issues of the presidency are discussed. Except for our parochial nature and the kind of politics we have in Nigeria, I do not think that our competence should be in doubt at any time.
“So, we advise him to come off that mindset and pursue issues that will help this country come out of its present quagmire. It is not the Igbo that put the country in its present mess.”
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