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2023: Igbo Group Endorses Atiku For President



Atiku Abubakar

Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, an Igbo group in the southeast has endorsed Atiku Abubakar for president.

According to the group, the decision was taken having realised that an Igbo presidency in 2023 might not be realistic.

The group consisting of loyalists, supporters, and associates of Atiku, launched the group tagged ‘Atiku For Nigeria’ as a platform for selling his candidacy to Nigerians ahead of the 2023 presidential election.

While speaking during the launching of the group in Enugu on Monday, March 8, a former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Chief Dubem Onyia, said the clamour for Igbo presidency 2023 cannot be meaningful until the country is restructured.

Onyia, who is an Enugu state-born politician, stated that the issue of the Nigerian presidency is currently beyond the ethnic question, but about the leadership that can make serious innovations to change the structure of the country with executive powers.

He said: “I am Igbo and I want the Igbo people to become president. I can, however, tell you that unless Nigeria is restructured to give governance ownership to the people which only Atiku Abubakar will do, an Igbo presidency will have no meaning.

“The National Assembly has more northerners than the rest, so, it will require that leverage from a nationally acceptable president like Atiku to restructure Nigeria, to empower the youths and the Nigerian women.”

The chairman of the occasion, Nat Yadume, who is a long-time associate of Atiku, while flagging off the organisation, noted that only young people have the energy and drive for the development of Nigeria

He commended the chairman, governing council of the AFN, Amb. Aliyu Bin Abbas for remaining consistent in the cause of advancing the Atiku project.

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