2023: Group advocates South-South presidency, rejects VP position

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A South-South group has called on all the political blocs in Nigeria to ensure a candidate from the south-south extraction emerges the President in 2023.

The group under the auspices of ‘South-South Presidency 2023 urged people from the zone not to aspire for the position of Vice President or National Chairman of any political party in the country but President.

In a communique issued at the end of a meeting in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, the group insisted that the South-South must complete its tenure of eight years for fairness, justice and equity.

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The communique which was jointly signed by the Protem Chairman, Chief Diekivie Ikiogha and other members, including Mr Ini Udonwa, Dr Didi Opiuyo, Major A. Oputa, Mr Okon Ita, Barr. Oyemah-Iwe Jahswill and Dr Uwamose Amadasun called on all political blocs to rally support for the South-South zone to achieve the presidential project.

It reads in part “the Group is committed to advocating for a President of South-South extraction come 2023.

“The Group accepts and stands by the position of leaders of the Southern and Middle Belt that no South-South person aspires to or accepts to become the vice-presidential candidate or chairman of any political party in the country.

“The Group will reach out to and engage all the states of the federation as well as ethnic nationalities, to look into this project.”

The communique further advised the National Assembly to create a platform that would give all Nigerians the opportunity to give themselves a people’s constitution that will allow for true federalism.

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“Worried about the growing insecurity in the country, we urge the President, National Assembly, security agencies traditional and religious leaders and all Nigerians to set up efforts in addressing issues that have caused and ignited the current situation to secure the sovereignty of the country, while also protecting lives and property.” The communique added.

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